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Prove that \(3k+2 \le k^3\) for all \(k \in \mathbb N,\ k\ge 2\).

Proof: We can see that \(3(2)+2 \le 2^3\), so assume that \(3k+2 < k^3\) for some \(k\ge 2\). Note also that \(k\ge 2\) implies that \(3k^2 + 3k >6>2\). Continuing, we compute (start by clicking on the \(3(k+1)+2\))

We can also begin with the induction assumption (after the basis step of course!) and continue with valid operations. We assume that \(3k+2 < k^3\) for some \(k\ge 2\), and obtain (click on the implications to see the next step)

Thus \(3k+2 \le k^3\) for all \(k \in \mathbb N,\ k\ge 2\).