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mxb908 wrote:
Now when i open the equation i get (x-1)*(x+1)<0

thus implying that... x-1<0 or x+1<0
this implies the two equations being: x<1 or x<-1



Your inference in not correct. (x-1)*(x+1) < 0 iff (x-1) and (x+1) are of opposite signs.

x < 1 doesn't always work: counterexample x = -3
x < -1 never works.

for the inequality to work, both x<1 AND x>-1; or |x| < 1
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New post 08 Jun 2009, 09:56
(x^2-1) < 0

(x+1)(x-1) < 0;

Product of 2 numbers is < 0, only when one number is +ve and the other -ve.

Therefore from the inequality, the Solution set shall be

(x+1) < 0 & (x-1) > 0; or ; (x+1) > 0 & (x-1) < 0;

=> x < -1 & x > 1 ; or ; x > -1 & x < 1
=> X takes all values except those between (-1 & 1) ; or X takes all values between (-1 & 1)
If we check with any value in First the Solution set ie., 2 or -2 and substitute in x^2-1 .,ie 4-1 which is not less than zero. Therefore this is not the Solution Set.

If we check with any value in Second the Solution set ie., 0 or 0.5 and substitute in x^2-1 .,ie 0-1=-1 or 0.25-1=-0.75 which is less than zero. Therefore this is the Solution Set.
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