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Homework Help: Inequality inductive proof

  1. Apr 26, 2013 #1
    I need a bit of help proving the following statement
    (n + 2)^n ≤ (n + 1)^n+1 where n is a positive integer. The (n+2) and (n+1) bases are making it hard for me solve this. I tried several time, I can't get the inductive step. Can someone lend me a little hand here?

    The base case is real simple with n=1; But I can't make the leap from n=k to to n=K+1.
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  3. Apr 26, 2013 #2
    you proved it for 1
    suppose that (n + 2)^n ≤ (n + 1)^n+1
    and prove that ((n+1)+2)^n+1≤ ((n+1)+1)^(n+1)+1
    i remember when i first learned about induction these cases kinda confused me as well just go back to the lesson and re read it if you don't get it
  4. Apr 26, 2013 #3


    Staff: Mentor

    Where's the template? PF rules require that you use the template when you post a problem.

    John112 and Andrax - use parentheses!

    (n + 1)^n+1 means (n + 1)n + 1

    If you intend this as (n + 1)n + 1 then use LaTeX or the SUP tags or at the least, write it as (n + 1)^(n + 1).
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