# Difference between revisions of "Arithmetic Mean-Geometric Mean Inequality"

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− | The '''Arithmetic Mean-Geometric Mean''' ('''AM-GM''') [[Inequalities | Inequality]] states that the [[ | + | The '''Arithmetic Mean-Geometric Mean''' ('''AM-GM''') [[Inequalities | Inequality]] states that the [[arithmetic mean]] of a set of positive real numbers is greater than or equal to the [[geometric mean]] of the same set of positive real numbers. For example, for the set <math>\{9,12,54\}</math>, the Arithmetic Mean, 25, is greater than the Geometric Mean, 18; AM-GM guarantees this is always the case. |

In general, AM-GM states that for a set of positive real numbers <math>a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n</math>, the following always holds: | In general, AM-GM states that for a set of positive real numbers <math>a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n</math>, the following always holds: |

## Revision as of 13:34, 18 June 2006

The **Arithmetic Mean-Geometric Mean** (**AM-GM**) Inequality states that the arithmetic mean of a set of positive real numbers is greater than or equal to the geometric mean of the same set of positive real numbers. For example, for the set , the Arithmetic Mean, 25, is greater than the Geometric Mean, 18; AM-GM guarantees this is always the case.

In general, AM-GM states that for a set of positive real numbers , the following always holds:

The AM-GM inequalitiy is a specific case of the Power mean inequality. It (and the much more general Power Mean Inequality) are used fairly frequently to solve Olympiad-level Inequality problems, such as those on the USAMO and IMO.