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Analysis: Prove |x|+|y| is less than or equal to |x+y|+|x-y|

  1. Sep 26, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Using the triangle inequality, establish that:

    |x| + |y| [itex]\leq[/itex] |x+y| + |x-y|

    2. Relevant equations

    |x + y| [itex]\leq[/itex] |x| + |y|

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have tried a few things, here are those that seem like they would be most useful:

    |x + y| [itex]\leq[/itex] |x| + |y|

    [itex]\leq[/itex] |x+y-y| + |y-x+x|

    [itex]\leq[/itex] |x+y| + |-y| + |y-x| + |x|

    [itex]\leq[/itex] |x+y| + |y| + |y-x| + |x| ..........Note that |y-x| = |x-y|


    |x-y| [itex]\leq[/itex] |x| + |-y| = |x| + |y|

    which might be able to be used in the middle inequality above.

    I'm not sure what to do from here (or if I'm on the right track)
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  3. Sep 26, 2011 #2

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    Hi Chinnu! :smile:

    Try substituting x=u+v and y=u-v.
    Note that you can find a u and a v for any x and y.
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