# Why they chose maximum and not minimum functions

1. Jan 10, 2009

### transgalactic

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2. Jan 10, 2009

### HallsofIvy

It's not clear what your question is. In the first example you give, they have $|x-a||x-b|< \epsilon$ in order to get |x-a| only, you have to divide both sides by |x-b| "inverting it reverses the inequality. That doesn't happen in the second example- there is no reciprocal.

3. Jan 10, 2009

### transgalactic

when to use MAX when to use MIN ?