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Homework Help: Proving simple theorem

  1. Jan 30, 2014 #1
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    $$Counter-example:\quad let\quad a=-1\quad and\quad b=-2.\\ \\ -1\quad <\quad \frac { -3 }{ 2 } <-2$$

    I have to prove it but it seems like the question is wrong.
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  3. Jan 30, 2014 #2


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    You need a<b. -1 isn't less than -2.
  4. Jan 30, 2014 #3

    Ray Vickson

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    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'?
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