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came across this problem without a OA. Please help me find a solution:

x^2 - |x| - 12
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x-3

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I am assuming your question is: \(\frac{{x^2 - |x| - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 2x\)
First of all, remember that we cannot cross multiply in this case. The reason is that we do not know the sign of (x - 3). To handle the 2x on the right hand side, bring it to the left hand side to get:

\(\frac{{x^2 - |x| - 12}}{{x - 3}} - 2x >= 0\)

\(\frac{{-x^2 - |x| + 6x - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 0\)

Now take 2 cases.

Case 1: If x >= 0, |x| = x
\(\frac{{-x^2 - x + 6x - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 0\)

\(\frac{{x^2 - 5x + 12}}{{x - 3}} <= 0\) (We flipped the sign of left hand side and hence the inequality flipped too.)

Now, \(x^2 - 5x + 12\) has no real roots. It will always be positive. (because \(b^2 - 4ac\) is negative so we know that it has no real roots. Put x = 0, you get 12 which is positive. So this quadratic will never touch the x axis and will always remain above it.)

So for the left hand side to be negative, x < 3. (x cannot be 3 because in that case the denominator will be 0.)
Since x has to be greater than 0, the only solution here is 0 <= x < 3.

Case 2: If x <= 0, |x| = -x
\(\frac{{-x^2 + x + 6x - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 0\)

\(\frac{{x^2 - 7x + 12}}{{x - 3}} <= 0\) (We flipped the sign of left hand side and hence the inequality flipped too.)

\(\frac{{(x - 4)(x - 3)}}{{x - 3}} <= 0\)
or x <= 4
Since x has to be less than(or equal to) 0, the only solution here is x <= 0.

Combining the solutions above, we get x < 3 as the final solution.

(I have assumed that you are comfortable with quadratic expressions and solving for inequalities once you have factors. If you are not, let me know and I will point you to the related theory.)
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krishnasty wrote:
Hi Guys,

came across this problem without a OA. Please help me find a solution:

x^2 - |x| - 12
--------------- >= 2x
x-3

Please post your solutions along with explanation.

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Consider KUDOS if you like my post!!!


I am assuming your question is: \(\frac{{x^2 - |x| - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 2x\)
First of all, remember that we cannot cross multiply in this case. The reason is that we do not know the sign of (x - 3). To handle the 2x on the right hand side, bring it to the left hand side to get:

\(\frac{{x^2 - |x| - 12}}{{x - 3}} - 2x >= 0\)

\(\frac{{-x^2 - |x| + 6x - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 0\)

Now take 2 cases.

Case 1: If x >= 0, |x| = x
\(\frac{{-x^2 - x + 6x - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 0\)

\(\frac{{x^2 - 5x + 12}}{{x - 3}} <= 0\) (We flipped the sign of left hand side and hence the inequality flipped too.)

Now, \(x^2 - 5x + 12\) has no real roots. It will always be positive. (because \(b^2 - 4ac\) is negative so we know that it has no real roots. Put x = 0, you get 12 which is positive. So this quadratic will never touch the x axis and will always remain above it.)

So for the left hand side to be negative, x < 3. (x cannot be 3 because in that case the denominator will be 0.)
Since x has to be greater than 0, the only solution here is 0 <= x < 3.

Case 2: If x <= 0, |x| = -x
\(\frac{{-x^2 + x + 6x - 12}}{{x - 3}} >= 0\)

\(\frac{{x^2 - 7x + 12}}{{x - 3}} <= 0\) (We flipped the sign of left hand side and hence the inequality flipped too.)

\(\frac{{(x - 4)(x - 3)}}{{x - 3}} <= 0\)
or x <= 4
Since x has to be less than(or equal to) 0, the only solution here is x <= 0.

Combining the solutions above, we get x < 3 as the final solution.

(I have assumed that you are comfortable with quadratic expressions and solving for inequalities once you have factors. If you are not, let me know and I will point you to the related theory.)


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New post 31 Jan 2011, 00:16
okies, this is a great explanation , concept cleared , thanks karishma. there is one question : when can one be sure that a quadratic expression is always +ve ?
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okies, this is a great explanation , concept cleared , thanks karishma. there is one question : when can one be sure that a quadratic expression is always +ve ?


When you see x^2 - 5x + 12, think - will it have roots such that their sum is -5 and product is 12? Since product is +ve, and sum -ve, both roots should be negative. But will any two -ve roots add up to give -5 such that their product is 12? (e.g. -1, -4 or -2, -3 etc we do not get 12 as product) No.

To confirm, notice that b^2 - 4ac (where a = 1, b = -5 and c = 12) is -ve here so it has no real roots. Just put x = 0 and you get x^2 - 5x + 12 = 12 which is positive. This means the graph of this expression lies above the x axis. Remember, it will not meet the x axis anywhere because it has no real roots. Hence x^2 - 5x + 12 will always be positive.
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New post 31 Jan 2011, 07:35
hey ,
clearer now, thanks a ton
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okies, this is a great explanation , concept cleared , thanks karishma. there is one question : when can one be sure that a quadratic expression is always +ve ?


Quadratic expression \(ax^2+bx+c\) is always positive when 1. \(a\), the coefficient of \(x^2\), is positive: \(a>0\) AND 2. the equation \(ax^2+bx+c=0\) has no real roots, which happens when discriminant is negative, so when \(d=b^2-4ac<0\).

In this case the graph (parabola) of the function \(f(x)=ax^2+bx+c\) is upward and lies above the X-axis, thus is always positive.

Similarly quadratic expression \(ax^2+bx+c\) is always negative when 1. \(a\), the coefficient of \(x^2\), is negative: \(a<0\) AND 2. the equation \(ax^2+bx+c=0\) has no real roots, which happens when discriminant is negative, so when \(d=b^2-4ac<0\).

Check Coordinate Geometry chapter of Math Book for more: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html

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New post 31 Jan 2011, 08:54
that solidifies the work of Karishma . now it is formulated .

thanks Karishma and Bunuel
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