For each real number x, let f(x) be the minimum of the numbers 4x+1,

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For each real number x, let f(x) be the minimum of the numbers 4x+1, x+2, and -2x+4. What is the maximum value of f(x)?
 

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For each real number x, let f(x) be the minimum of the numbers 4x+1, x+2, and -2x+4. What is the maximum value of f(x)?
Is this a homework problem?
 
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Is this a homework problem?
No, Sir.
It is too taken from The Advanced Mathematical Thinking where the author said it can be solved by reversal tactic.

Sorry if it is incomplete since I copied whatever written in the book.
 
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Is there a range for these numbers, i.e., is x any real number, integer, subset of these

or other?
 
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Is there a range for these numbers, i.e., is x any real number, integer, subset of these

or other?

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Well, the reason I was asking is that , if the minimum of these numbers is done

over different subsets of the line, then the results will be different. The solution

is straightforward: compare the functions and see which of the three dominates

over which part of the domain, and construct a piecewise function: set

f1>f2 ,f1>f3 , f2>f3 , etc., and select, for each interval the smallest.
 

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