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If x and y are positive, which is greater between A and B?

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Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are positive, which is greater between A and B?


(1) A = \((x^3+y^3)^\frac{1}{3}\)

(2) B = \((x^2+y^2)^\frac{1}{2}\)


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We have to look at the two statements combined..

take the sixth power..

(1) \(A^6=((x^3+y^3)^\frac{1}{3})^6=(x^3+y^3)^2=x^6+y^6+2x^3y^3\)

(2) \(B^6=((x^2+y^2)^\frac{1}{2})^6=(x^2+y^2)^3=x^6+y^6+3x^2y^4+3x^4y^2\)

when we check the two, we have to compare \(2x^3y^3\) and \(3x^2y^4+3x^4y^2\).....Now at least one of the term \(3x^2y^4\) or \(3x^4y^2\) will surely be greater than \(2x^3y^3\).
Thus B>A

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ShankSouljaBoi wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are positive, which is greater between A and B?


(1) A = \((x^3+y^3)^\frac{1}{3}\)

(2) B = \((x^2+y^2)^\frac{1}{2}\)


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We have to look at the two statements combined..

take the sixth power..

(1) \(A^6=((x^3+y^3)^\frac{1}{3})^6=(x^3+y^3)^2=x^6+y^6+2x^3y^3\)

(2) \(B^6=((x^2+y^2)^\frac{1}{2})^6=(x^2+y^2)^3=x^6+y^6+3x^2y^4+3x^4y^2\)

when we check the two, we have to compare \(2x^3y^3\) and \(3x^2y^4+3x^4y^2\).....Now at least one of the term \(3x^2y^4\) or \(3x^4y^2\) will surely be greater than \(2x^3y^3\).
Thus B>A

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Hi chetan2u ,

When we put x=y=1 . A becomes equal to B . So the answer to the question is B > A ? Becomes No. hence, insufficient.


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No, they are different
A=(1^3+1^3)^(1/3)=2^(1/3)
B=(1^2+1^2)^(1/2)=2^(1/2)
B>A
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Hi chetan2u ,

i have realized my mistake. Thank you :)


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