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 Trigo inequality (Posted on 2014-12-11)
Let c be the Champernowne's constant, or c=0.123456789101112131415161718192021....

Show, without calculator aid, that
sin(c) + cos(c) + tan(c) > 10c

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 including cubics - spoiler | Comment 10 of 11 |

I agree with Charlie..

All the terms in the expansion of tan(x) are positive, so including
its cubed term should solve the problem.

sin(x) > x – x3/6,    cos(x) > 1 – x2/2,    tan(x) > x + x3/3

So      sin(x) + cos(x) + tan(x) > 1 + 2x -  x2/2 + x3/6

>  1 + 2x – x2/2

& we need to prove that f(x) = 1 + 2x – x2/2 - 10x > 0 when x = c.

f(x) is a positive decreasing function of x between 0 and its

positive root, and f(0.124) = 0.000312 > 0 (w/o calculator).

Since c < 0.124, we can be sure that f(c) > 0.

 Posted by Harry on 2014-12-14 11:31:49

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