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==Function Equations==
==Function Equations==
I kind of suck at these :P

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So I failed the AOIME. I don't really want to do any more AIME prep, so I have decided to go do some Oly prep :)


Yay! I love inequalities. Clever algebraic manipulation+thereoms is all you need. It all comes from experience though...


AM-GM, Cauchy (Titu's Lemma as well), Muirhead, and Holder's. These are cool, remember that these should only be used when the inequality is homogenized already.. These are all pretty easy to prove as well.

Example 1: (Evan Chen) Let $a,b,c>0$ with $\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{b}+\frac{1}{c}=1$. Prove that $(a+1)(b+1)(c+1) \geq 64$

Solution: We need to try to homogenize this somehow. Plugging in the expression for on the LHS for $1$ won't work. If we try to do something on the left side, we'll still have a degree $3>-1$. Wait a second, why are they all $a+1$'s? Let's try to get rid of the $a+1$'s first. Well, if we add $3$ to both sides of the given condition, we get

$\frac{a+1}{a}+\frac{b+1}{b}+\frac{c+1}{c}=4$, $\frac{(a+1)(b+1)(c+1)}{abc} \geq \frac{64}{27}$, $abc \geq 27$

By AM-GM. Obviously the trivial solution $(3,3,3)$ satisfies this, so we haven't made any silly mistakes. We still haven't homogenized, but now the path is clear. Multiplying both sides by $(\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{b}+\frac{1}{c})^3=1$, we get

$\frac{(ab+bc+ac)^3}{(abc)^2} \geq 27$, $(\frac{ab+bc+ac}{3})^3 \geq (abc)^2$, $(\frac{ab+bc+ac}{3}) \geq (abc)^{2/3}$

Which is true from AM-GM. We shall now introduce Muirhead's...

Example 2:

Let $a,b,c>0$ (Again Evan Chen) and $abc=1$. Prove that $a^2+b^2+c^2 \geq a+b+c$.

Solution: First we homogenize:

$a^2+b^2+c^2 \geq (a+b+c)(abc)^{1/3}$

Which is true because $(2,0,0)$ majorizes $(\frac{4}{3}, \frac{1}{3}, \frac{1}{3})$


Problem 1: (2009 usamo/4): For $n \ge 2$ let $a_1$, $a_2$, ..., $a_n$ be positive real numbers such that $(a_1+a_2+ ... +a_n)\left( {1 \over a_1} + {1 \over a_2} + ... +{1 \over a_n} \right) \le \left(n+ {1 \over 2} \right) ^2$ Prove that $\text{max}(a_1, a_2, ... ,a_n) \le  4 \text{min}(a_1, a_2, ... , a_n)$.

Try to solve this on your own! Very cute problem. Note that you'll probably only ever need Holder's for $3$ variables...

Example 3 (2004 usamo/5)

Let $a$, $b$, and $c$ be positive real numbers. Prove that $(a^5 - a^2 + 3)(b^5 - b^2 + 3)(c^5 - c^2 + 3) \ge (a+b+c)^3$.


1. The $(a+b+c)$ is cubed, so we try to use Holder's. The simplest way to do this is just to use $(a^3+1+1) . . .$ on the LHS.

2. Now all we have to prove is that $a^5-a^3-a^2+1 \geq 0$, or $(a^3-1)(a^2-1) \geq 0$. Now note that if $a<1$, this is true, if $a=1$, this is true, and if $a>1$, this is true as well, and as we have exhausted all cases, we are done.

I.More advanced stuff, learn some calculus

You will need to know derivatives for this part. It's actually pretty simple.

Basically, the derivative of $x^n$ is $nx^{n-1}$

For the rest of this to make sense, you also need to know what it is. The derivative is what a function's "slope" is, as in, if you take all the pairs of two points it would be the best "curved" line that would best match the slopes combined. Oops I can't really explain this, but you probably don't get it.

The second derivative of a function is just applying the derivative twice. A function is convex on an interval if it's second derivative is always positive in that interval.

Jensen's inequality says that if $f(x)$ is a convex function in the interval $I$, for all $a_i$ in $I$, $\frac{ f(a_1)+f(a_2)+f(a_3)...f(a_n)}{n} \geq f(\frac{a_1+a_2+a_3. . .}{n})$

Karamata's inequality says that if $f(x)$ is convex in the interval $I$, the sequence $(x_n)$ majorizes $(y_n)$,, and all $x_i, y_i$ are in $I$, $f(x_1)+f(x_2)+f(x_3) . . . f(x_n) \geq f(y_1)+f(y_2)+f(y_3). . . f(y_n)$

TLT (Tangent Line Trick) is basically where you either a. take the derivative, and plug in the equality cases or b. plugging in both equality cases to form a line.

Problem 2: Show that $\frac{1}{\sqrt5}+\frac{1}{\sqrt4}+\frac{1}{\sqrt2}>\frac{1}{\sqrt4}+\frac{1}{\sqrt4}+\frac{1}{\sqrt3}$

Problem 3: Using Jensen's and Holder's, solve 2001 IMO/2: Let $a,b,c$ be positive real numbers. Prove $\frac{a}{\sqrt{a^{2}+8bc}}+\frac{b}{\sqrt{b^{2}+8ca}}+\frac{c}{\sqrt{c^{2}+8ab}}\ge 1$.

Problem 4: (2017 usamo/6) Find the minimum possible value of \[\frac{a}{b^3+4}+\frac{b}{c^3+4}+\frac{c}{d^3+4}+\frac{d}{a^3+4},\] given that $a,b,c,d,$ are nonnegative real numbers such that $a+b+c+d=4$.

Problem 5: (Japanese MO 1997/6) Prove that


for any positive real numbers $a$, $b$, $c$.

More practice here: https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/Category:Olympiad_Inequality_Problems

Function Equations

Oops... I kind of suck at these :P

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