# Homework Help: Inequality proof

1. Jul 29, 2009

### deancodemo

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
If a, b, c > 0, prove $$\frac{a}{b} + \frac{b}{c} + \frac{c}{a} \ge 3$$

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
I'm not so sure how to do this. Usually I would try to prove that $$\frac{a}{b} + \frac{b}{c} + \frac{c}{a} - 3 \ge 0$$ but this gets me nowhere: $$\frac{a^2 c + b^2 a + c^2 b - 3abc}{abc}$$. I can't factorise the numerator.

I know of a similar inequality that I can prove easily using this method, which is $$\frac{a}{b} + \frac{b}{a} \ge 2$$ but the inequality above is harder for me. Please help.

2. Jul 29, 2009

### Dunkle

Are a, b, and c integers?

3. Jul 29, 2009

### snipez90

It doesn't matter if a, b, c are integers or not. The inequality holds for real a,b,c > 0.

Clear denominators, divide by 3, and apply the AM-GM inequality.