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Something interesting that i read while searching for material on how to solve inequalities with roots.

Though i would share it and also clarify a few doubts. I have highlighted the portions that were confusing, in blue

Kind of backbone for solving inequalities with roots, √x>y OR √x<y

• √x is undefined if x<0 • both sides can be squared when x≥0 and y≥0 • if √x>y is identically true if √x≥0 and y<0 what does identically true/false mean • But √x<y is identically false if y<0

e.g., √(2x+3) > x

when, √(2x+3) ≥ 0 and x<0

left side, 2x + 3 ≥ 0 => x ≥ -1.5

right side, x < 0

thus, -1.5 ≤ x <0 (partial solution)

2nd Condition, where both left and right side, ≥ 0

Identically true means true for all values of the variable.

For example: sqrt(x)>y if sqrt(x)>=0 and y<0 means that this relation holds for all values of x and y that satisfy sqrt(x)>=0 and y<0.

The graph of the parabola is attached.

Please note: The graph of ax^2+bx+c: (a) Is a parabola always (b) Opens upwards (towards +y axis) if a>0 and downwards (towards -y axis) if a<0 (c) Intersects the x axis at the roots of the equation ax^2 + bx + c = 0 (d) Will not touch the x axis if the roots are not real (if b^2 - 4ac < 0) (e) Has its lowest point at x= -b/2a

I have forgotten how to solve these. Thanks for reminding.

You can visualize very well the solution to this by plotting the graph. Not that you can do it during the actual exam, but for reference and to remember how the typical functions look like you can use //rechneronline.de/function-graphs/ to graph any function.

• √x is undefined if x<0 • both sides can be squared when x≥0 and y≥0 • if √x>y is identically true if √x≥0 and y<0 what does identically true/false mean • But √x<y is identically false if y<0

Some Explanations: 1. √x implies the positive square root of x. So √x is positive. But we do not know whether the right side of the inequality is positive or negative. Hence, we cannot square the inequality. Note: Only when both sides are positive, you can square the inequality and still retain the same relation. e.g. 2 < 3 2^2 < 3^2

But -2 < 1 4 not less than 1

Similarly -4 < -2 16 not less than 4

So before you square both sides of the inequality, always ensure that both sides are positive

2. √x>y We know that √x is positive. If y is negative, then this inequality will always hold since positive > negative.

3. √x<y We know that √x is positive. If y is negative, then this inequality will never hold since positive is never less than negative.
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1. √(3x-2) < 2x-3 Left hand side is positive, we know. Also, the term under the root i.e. (3x - 2) should be positive or 0. 3x - 2>= 0 i.e. x >= 2/3.

What about the right hand side? Here we can say that the right hand side will definitely be positive too since left hand side (a positive number (√3x-2)) is less than the right hand side. Hence, 2x - 3 > 0 x > 3/2

Let's square both sides now: 3x - 2 < (2x - 3)^2 4x^2 -15x + 11 > 0 4(x - 1)(x - 11/4) > 0 Since the right most region is positive, we will get: positive ... 1 ... negative ... 11/4 ... positive

So, 1 > x or x > 11/4.

But we saw above that x > 3/2 So x > 11/4
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Identically true means true for all values of the variable.

For example: sqrt(x)>y if sqrt(x)>=0 and y<0 means that this relation holds for all values of x and y that satisfy sqrt(x)>=0 and y<0.

The graph of the parabola is attached.

Please note: The graph of ax^2+bx+c: (a) Is a parabola always (b) Opens upwards (towards +y axis) if a>0 and downwards (towards -y axis) if a<0 (c) Intersects the x axis at the roots of the equation ax^2 + bx + c = 0 (d) Will not touch the x axis if the roots are not real (if b^2 - 4ac < 0) (e) Has its lowest point at x= -b/2a

Thanks GyanOne for the explanation and the graph. I get it now.
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• √x is undefined if x<0 • both sides can be squared when x≥0 and y≥0 • if √x>y is identically true if √x≥0 and y<0 what does identically true/false mean • But √x<y is identically false if y<0

Some Explanations: 1. √x implies the positive square root of x. So √x is positive. But we do not know whether the right side of the inequality is positive or negative. Hence, we cannot square the inequality. Note: Only when both sides are positive, you can square the inequality and still retain the same relation. e.g. 2 < 3 2^2 < 3^2

But -2 < 1 4 not less than 1

Similarly -4 < -2 16 not less than 4

So before you square both sides of the inequality, always ensure that both sides are positive

2. √x>y We know that √x is positive. If y is negative, then this inequality will always hold since positive > negative.

3. √x<y We know that √x is positive. If y is negative, then this inequality will never hold since positive is never less than negative.

Thanks karishma for the explanation.

i now realize that when i read the material found on one of the math websites, i kind of just tried to mug the concept without really understanding it. By now the concept it clear.
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If x ≥ 5/2 then -4x <= -10 ==> -4x+3 <= -7 ---------------------(2)

Now as per your question - -4x + 3 is less than 0...This is the super set of (2), so there is no other unique solution... other than x ≥ 5/2 _________________

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Karishma, here's me trying to solve the second problem. Let me know if i got it right.

2. √(2x - 5) > -4x + 3

Since sq.root is always positive, thus:

√(2x - 5) ≥ 0 2x - 5 ≥ 0 x ≥ 5/2

No problems till here... we know now that x must be > or equal to 5/2.

Next think, we have LHS > RHS. RHS can be negative or positive. So there are two cases possible: Case 1: -4x + 3 < 0 x > 3/4 ----- (1) Since in this case, RHS is negative and LHS will always be positive, LHS will be > than RHS. So the inequality will hold whenever x > 3/4 and x >= 5/2. So if x >= 5/2, the inequality will hold.

Case 2: -4x + 3 > 0 x < 3/4 ------(2) Now think, is it possible that x is < than 3/4 and greater than 5/2? No! So this case doesn't give any solutions.

Hence, the only solution is x >= 5/2

and yes, don't try to learn up Mathematical concepts. Try to understand them. That way, you will never forget them.
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and yes, don't try to learn up Mathematical concepts. Try to understand them. That way, you will never forget them.

Thanks for this advice. This makes soo much sense. Earlier i would just learn how to solve one particular problem without really understanding the concept, but then i would always make a mistake on a different problem based on the same concept.

Anyways, my POA now is to brush my basic quant skills.
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Use the concepts given above to try to solve these:

\(x+2 < \sqrt{(x+14)}\)

The quantity under the root must be non negative so x >= -14

Now left hand side i.e. x+2 can be positive, 0 or negative. Take two cases:

Case 1: x + 2 >= 0 x >= -2 Now both sides of the inequality are non negative so we can square it: \((x + 2)^2 < (x + 14)\) \(x^2 + 3x - 10 < 0\) \((x + 5) (x - 2) < 0\) \(-5 < x < 2\)

Since x >= -2, we get -2 <= x < 2

Case 2: x + 2 < 0 x < -2 The left hand side i.e. x + 2 is always negative in this case while right hand side is always non negative so this inequality will hold for all values in this range. -14 <= x < -2

So the overall acceptable range is -14<= x < 2
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