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Furthermore, note that $(2, 1, 1, 0 )$ is another equality condition, which is how I know that you didn't do the Lagrangian properly. There is a priori no reason why the answer must be symmetric.

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Once again, you are not considering the boundary condition restraints. There is no argument that "f(2, 1, 1, 0) satisfies the equality condition", and so if it doesn't appear in your solution you have to ask yourself what is the mistake that you made.

If you want to apply a theorem, make sure you use it exactly and completely, and that you check all of the necessary conditions. E.g. Do not apply Arithmetic Mean - Geometric Mean on negative numbers.

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TopNewestLet $f(a,b,c,d)=a^2bc + b^2cd + c^2da + d^2ab + k(a+b+c+d-4)$ (say this as equation $(1))$

Solving these five equations $\frac{\partial f}{\partial a} = 0$ $\frac{\partial f}{\partial b} = 0$ $\frac{\partial f}{\partial c} = 0$ $\frac{\partial f}{\partial d} = 0$ $a+b+c+d=4$

we get $a=b=c=d=1 , k=-4$

substituting this back in equation $1$ , we get $f_{max}(a,b,c)=1+1+1+1-4(0) = 4$

$\textbf{Q.E.D}$

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The goal is to not use calculus.

Furthermore, note that $(2, 1, 1, 0 )$ is another equality condition, which is how I know that you didn't do the Lagrangian properly. There is a priori no reason why the answer must be symmetric.

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Note again that ... case (2,1,1,0) doesnt satisfy the fourth equation

at this case $\frac{\partial f}{\partial d} \neq 0$

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If you want to apply a theorem, make sure you use it exactly and completely, and that you check all of the necessary conditions. E.g. Do not apply Arithmetic Mean - Geometric Mean on negative numbers.

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Can it be done with AM GM HM Inequalities

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It can be done with AM-GM, but not in a standard way. Note that it has "strange equality conditions".

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