# Homework Help: Proving simple theorem

1. Jan 30, 2014

### ainster31

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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3. The attempt at a solution

$$Counter-example:\quad let\quad a=-1\quad and\quad b=-2.\\ \\ -1\quad <\quad \frac { -3 }{ 2 } <-2$$

I have to prove it but it seems like the question is wrong.

2. Jan 30, 2014

### Dick

You need a<b. -1 isn't less than -2.

3. Jan 30, 2014

### Ray Vickson

If you draw a number line, with positive numbers on the right and negative numbers on the left, the statement a < b means that 'a' lies to the left of 'b' on the number line. Is that the case for your 'a' and 'b'?