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Is x > 1? (1) (x+1)(|x| - 1) > 0 (2) |x| < 5

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Re: Is x > 1? (1) (x+1)(|x| - 1) > 0 (2) |x| < 5  [#permalink]

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truongynhi wrote:
Hi Bunuel,

I have a question.

(x+1)(|x|-1)=0 has x=1 and x=-1 as its solution. However, x=-1 is a repeated root. Hence, on the number line, the sign will not change when it passes x=-1.


Therefore, only when x>1, (x+1)(|x|-1)>0.

Is my solution correct? I remember my highschool math teacher said something like 'the sign doesn't change when it passes a double root'. But, it's years ago and I just want to make sure that the approach is valid.

Thank you!

the solution here is correct, But I am not sure if it has to do with Double root in this specific instance..

Double root is generally when a polynomial has two equal roots..
so when ever you are placing the polynomial as>0, you cannot do anything to the squared part as it is always positive so it will depend on the other roots..

as can be seen \((x-3)^2\)will always be >0 except at x=3.. so we require to just look for x-2..
and x-2 will be positive only whenx>2..
so solution will be x>2 given that x is NOT equal to 3..

what is happening here --
x with a value <1 will make both (x+1) and (|x|-1) of oposite sign
a) x<-1
(x+1) is negtaive and (|x|-1) is positive
b) a) -1< x<1
(x+1) is positive and (|x|-1) is negative
so here (x+1)(|x|-1) will be negative and there will be no solutions for (x+1)(|x|-1)>0.


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Re: Is x > 1? (1) (x+1)(|x| - 1) > 0 (2) |x| < 5  [#permalink]

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New post 28 May 2018, 12:11
Tips: The key to unlock confusion with “and” and “or” in inequality:

- Drawing graphs and crossing off all irrelevant values.
- “and” means must; “or” means could

Is x > 1?

(1) (x+1) (|x| - 1) > 0

(2) |x| < 5

(1): There are 2 cases: case 1 or case 2

Case 1: x+1 > 0 AND |x|-1 >0
X+1 >0 → x > -1 (A)
|x|-1 >0 → |x| >1 → x>1 OR x <-1 (B)

→ graph for A: //////////(-1)-------------(1)--------
→ graph for B: ---------(-1)///////////(1)--------

Note about the graphs:
////////////means the values crossed off
----------------- means the values are accepted

Combining the two graphs above: this is the AND case, so we must cross off all values that don’t fit in any graph, represented by “//////////”
So the value of the 2 inequalities of case 1 is: x>1.

Case 2: x+1 <0 AND |x|-1 <0

X+1 < 0 → x <-1 (C)
|x|-1 <0 → |x| < 1 → -1<x<1 (D)

→ graph for C: ---------(-1)/////////(1)///////
→ graph for D: /////////(-1)----------(1)////////

As we see, there is no value of x that satisfy the both graphs. That means there is no solution for the inequalities in case 2.

→ So only case 1 is appropriate to consider. That means (x+1) (|x| - 1) > 0 when x>1. Sufficient.

(2) |x| < 5 → -5<x<5 → graph: //////-5--------1--------5//////

Clearly, x can be bigger than 1 or less than 1. Insufficient.

Answer: A.

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