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4 < x^2 + 2x + 1 < 16

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How many integers satisfy this inequality?
4 < x^2 + 2x + 1 < 16

A - 4
B - 3
C - 2
D - 1
E - 0
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How many integers satisfy this inequality?
4 < x^2 + 2x + 1 < 16

A - 4
B - 3
C - 2
D - 1
E - 0



hi..

so lets solve the equation..
\(4 < x^2 + 2x + 1 < 16......4<(x+1)^2<16......\)
we are looking for integer values..
(x+1) can take two values (x+1)=3 or x+1=-3......
so x=3-1=2 and x=-3-1=-4

so two values : 2 and -4
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Re: 4 < x^2 + 2x + 1 < 16 [#permalink]

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New post 27 Jan 2018, 02:42
4 < \(x^2 + 2x + 1\) < 16
4 < \((x+1)^2\) < 16
taking square root,
2 < |x+1| < 4

if x > -1, then |x+1| = x + 1
2 < x+1 < 4 => only x = 2 satisfies

if x < -1, then |x+1| = -x - 1
2 < -x - 1 < 4 => 3 < -x < 5 => only x = -4 satisfies

so two possible integers of x {2,-4} => (C)
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