# Cauchy theorim question

1. Jan 20, 2009

### transgalactic

i got this question
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here is the solution:
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they are taking the minimal value
and the maximal value
the innequalitty that the write is correct min< <max

but why??

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2. Jan 20, 2009

### CompuChip

Well, if you have
$$f(x_1) + f(x_2) + \cdots + f(x_n)$$
and you know that each of the $f(x_i)$ is not greater than M, then you can write
$$f(x_1) + f(x_2) + \cdots + f(x_n) \le M + M + \cdots + M = n \cdot M;$$
similarly for the minimum.

It's simply applying the inequality that
x + y <= M + y
if x <= M.

3. Jan 20, 2009

### transgalactic

i agree with you
but why they do that
how is it linked to cauchy theorem
?

4. Jan 20, 2009

### CompuChip

I don't know what it has to do with Cauchy's theorem, but it does have to do with the intermediate value theorem: for any value c between m and M (assuming some conditions on f which you didn't state) there is an x such that f(x) = c.