# Order of Squares in Ordered Field It has been suggested that this article or section be renamed. One may discuss this suggestion on the talk page.

## Theorem

Let $\struct {R, +, \circ, \le}$ be an ordered field whose zero is $0_R$ and whose unity is $1_R$.

Suppose that $\forall a \in R: 0 < a \implies 0 < a^{-1}$.

Let $x, y \in \struct {R, +, \circ, \le}$ such that $0_R \le x, y$.

Then $x \le y \iff x \circ x \le y \circ y$.

That is, the square function is an order embedding of $\struct {R_{\ge 0}, \le}$ into itself.

When $R$ is one of the standard fields of numbers $\Q$ and $\R$, then this translates into:

If $x, y$ are positive then $x \le y \iff x^2 \le y^2$.

## Proof

From Order of Squares in Ordered Ring, we have:

$x \le y \implies x \circ x \le y \circ y$

To prove the reverse implication, suppose that $x \circ x \le y \circ y$.

Thus:

 $\displaystyle x \circ x$ $\le$ $\displaystyle y \circ y$ $\displaystyle \leadsto \ \$ $\displaystyle x \circ x + \paren {-\paren {x \circ x} }$ $\le$ $\displaystyle y \circ y + \paren {-\paren {x \circ x} }$ $\displaystyle \leadsto \ \$ $\displaystyle 0_R$ $\le$ $\displaystyle y \circ y + \paren {-\paren {x \circ x} }$ $\displaystyle \leadsto \ \$ $\displaystyle 0_R$ $\le$ $\displaystyle \paren {y + \paren {-x} } \circ \paren {y + x}$ Difference of Two Squares, which applies because a field is a commutative ring.

As $0_R \le x, y$ we have $0_R \le x + y$.

Hence by the premise we have $0_R \le \paren {x + y}^{-1}$.

So as $0_R \le \paren {y + \paren {-x} } \circ \paren {y + x}$ we can multiply both sides by $\paren {x + y}^{-1}$ and get $0_R \le \paren {y + \paren {-x} }$.

Adding $-x$ to both sides gives us $x \le y$.

$\blacksquare$