# Geometric Inequalities

## Understanding Geometric Inequalities in Mathematics

The issue of inequality is a prevalent one in today's world, taking various forms such as gender and ethnicity. When discussing inequalities, we are referring to the unequal relationships between quantities or groups. In the field of Mathematics, inequalities refer to the unequal relationship between two numbers or expressions. This concept is also applied in Geometry, where we examine the unequal relationships among side lengths and angles in different shapes.

### Defining Geometric Inequalities

Geometric inequalities, therefore, involve the unequal relationships among angles and side lengths in various shapes. To better understand these inequalities, it's important to review the symbols used to represent them and their meanings. Additionally, we will explore some general rules, or postulates, that aid in making comparisons regarding unequal side lengths and angles.

### Postulates in Geometric Inequalities

One essential postulate is the Comparison postulate, which states that the whole is always greater than each of its parts, and the sum of the parts is equal to the whole. In simpler terms, if we have three positive numbers a, b, and c and a

Aside from the Comparison postulate, there are other postulates and properties that can help in making comparisons and solving problems in geometry. These include the Transitive postulate, Substitution postulate, Addition postulate, Subtraction postulate, Multiplication postulate, and Division postulate.

### Distinguishing Postulates from Theorems

It's essential to note the difference between a postulate and a theorem. While a theorem can be proven to be true, a postulate is simply accepted to be true without proof. For instance, the Comparison postulate discussed earlier is a postulate, while the Pythagorean theorem is a theorem.

### Applying Postulates in Geometry

The Substitution postulate states that in an inequality, we can swap a number of equal value, meaning that if we have three real numbers a, b, and c, and a=b, then a+c=b+c. This concept is also applicable in geometry, as shown in the example below.

The Addition postulate has two types. The first type states that if equal quantities are added to unequal quantities, the sum will be unequal in the same order. The second type states that even if unequal quantities are added, the sum will still be unequal. These postulates can be used to solve problems in geometry, as indicated in the examples below.

The same principle applies to the Subtraction postulate, which states that if equal quantities are subtracted from unequal quantities, the differences will be unequal in the same order. The Multiplication postulate states that if unequal quantities are multiplied by equal positive quantities, the products will be unequal in the same order. Similarly, the Division postulate states that if unequal quantities are divided by equal positive quantities, the quotients will be unequal in the same order. All of these concepts are also applicable in geometry, as shown in the respective examples below.

### Theorems in Geometric Inequalities

In addition to postulates, there are also various geometric inequality theorems that can be used to solve problems in geometry. Some of the commonly used theorems include the Triangle Inequality theorem, Pythagorean Inequality theorem, Exterior Angle Inequality theorem, Greater Angle theorem, and Longer Side theorem.

### In Conclusion

Geometric inequalities are an important concept in geometry and are utilized in various postulates and theorems to solve problems. By understanding and applying these concepts, we can make comparisons and draw conclusions about unequal lengths and angles in different shapes. The Triangle Inequality Theorem, in particular, is a fundamental concept in geometry that highlights the relationship between the sides of a triangle. With this understanding, we can further explore the world of geometry and solve complex problems.

## Understanding Geometric Inequalities

In geometry, there are various postulates and theorems that help us understand the unequal relationship between side lengths and angles in different geometric shapes. One such important concept is the Geometric Inequality.

To get a better grasp on this concept, we can represent two additional inequalities as follows:

• x + z > y
• y + z > x

The intersection of these three inequalities can be visualized on a number line, which gives us the possible range of values for the longest side, as demonstrated below.

Based on the number line, it can be deduced that the longest side must fall between 2 and 18. Therefore, we can express the inequality as:

• 2 < x + y < 18

## Pythagorean Inequality Theorem

The Pythagorean Inequality Theorem is a crucial concept in geometry that helps identify whether a triangle is a right, acute, or obtuse triangle.

According to this theorem, if the square of the longest side is equal to the sum of the squares of the other two sides, then the triangle is a right triangle. If the square of the longest side is less than the sum of the squares of the other two sides, the triangle is acute. And if the square of the longest side is greater than the sum of the squares of the other two sides, the triangle is obtuse. This can be represented as:

• x2 = y2 + z2 (right triangle)
• x2 < y2 + z2 (acute triangle)
• x2 > y2 + z2 (obtuse triangle)

The figure below illustrates the longest side labeled as C.

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