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If x2+y2+z2=xy+yz+zx prove x=y=z

  1. Sep 17, 2009 #1
    if x2+y2+z2=xy+yz+zx prove that x=y=z.

    I tried a lot, but cant get any answer. Can someone please help me out?
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  3. Sep 17, 2009 #2
    In general this is false, unless you know that all three variables are real-valued.


    [tex]x^2 + (y + z)x + (y^2 + z^2 - yz) = 0[/tex] and use the quadratic formula and see where that leads.

  4. Sep 17, 2009 #3


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    Rewrite this, for example as:
    and see if you can make some clever manipulations.
  5. Sep 17, 2009 #4


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    And by "clever manipulations," Arildno means group the x2, xy, and y2 terms together, and group the x2, xz, and z2 terms together, and group the y2, yz, and z2 terms together. It's possible that some factorization can occur.
  6. Sep 17, 2009 #5
    You will also need [itex]A^2 \geq 0[/itex] for all real A, and equality to 0 occurs only when A = 0.

  7. Sep 17, 2009 #6
    It is often much easier to prove that something is 0 when squares are involved so I substituted

    y = x + a, and z = x+b.

    and ended up with

    a^2 + b^2 = ab, where you have to prove that a = b = 0.
  8. Feb 22, 2011 #7
    A much easier way,

    you can get
    which equals
    ,the equivalant is
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