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the range of y

Albert

Well-known member
Jan 25, 2013
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$a,y \in R$

$y=\sqrt {a^2+a+1} - \sqrt {a^2-a+1}$

please find the range of y
 

MarkFL

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Staff member
Feb 24, 2012
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My solution:

Computing the derivative of $y$ with respect to $a$, we find:

\(\displaystyle \frac{dy}{da}=\frac{(2a+1)\sqrt{a^2-a+1}-(2x-1)\sqrt{a^2+a+1}}{2\sqrt{a^2-a+1}\sqrt{a^2+a+1}}\)

Analysis of the discriminants of the radicands in the denominator reveal no critical values there. Equating the numerator to zero, we find:

\(\displaystyle (2a+1)\sqrt{a^2-a+1}=(2a-1)\sqrt{a^2+a+1}\)

Squaring, we find:

\(\displaystyle \left(4a^2+4a+1 \right)\left(a^2-a+1 \right)=\left(4a^2-4a+1 \right)\left(a^2+a+1 \right)\)

\(\displaystyle 4a^4+a^2+3a+1=4a^4+a^2-3a+1\)

\(\displaystyle a=-a\)

\(\displaystyle a=0\)

A check reveals that this is an extraneous root, thus the original function is monotonic. And since $y'(0)>0$ we know the function is strictly increasing.

We can also see that the function is odd, so its range will be symmetric about $y=0$.

So, looking at:

\(\displaystyle L=\lim_{a\to\infty}y(a)=\lim_{a\to\infty}\frac{2a}{\sqrt{a^2+a+1}+\sqrt{a^2-a+1}}=\lim_{a\to\infty}\frac{2}{\sqrt{1+\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{a^2}}+\sqrt{1-\frac{1}{a}+\frac{1}{a^2}}}=1\)

We then conclude that:

\(\displaystyle -1<y<1\).
 

Albert

Well-known member
Jan 25, 2013
1,225
$a,y \in R$

$y=\sqrt {a^2+a+1} - \sqrt {a^2-a+1}$

please find the range of y
$y=\sqrt{[a+(1/2)]^2+(\sqrt 3/2)^2} -\sqrt{[a-(1/2)]^2+(\sqrt 3/2)^2} $

$ *A(\dfrac{-1}{2},\dfrac {\sqrt 3}{2} ) \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\ \,\,\,\,\,\, \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\ \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,*B(\dfrac{1}{2},\dfrac {\sqrt 3}{2} )$


$ \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\ \,\,\,\,\,\,*P(a,0)$

we can consider y =$

\begin{vmatrix} AP \end{vmatrix} - \begin{vmatrix} BP \end{vmatrix}<\begin{vmatrix} AB \end{vmatrix}=1$
$\therefore -1<y<1$