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Exercise Question #7 of the Wavy Line Method Application

Find the product of the integer values of x that satisfy the inequality $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} > 0$$

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Wavy Line Method Application - Exercise Question #7

Find the product of the integer values of x that satisfy the inequality $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} < 0$$

Wavy Line Method Application has been explained in detail in the following post:: http://gmatclub.com/forum/wavy-line-method-application-complex-algebraic-inequalities-224319.html

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The inequality is $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} < 0$$

or $$\frac{(x-2)^3 (x+2)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x - 3)^4 (x + 3)^4} < 0$$

Now, we have (x-3) and (x+3) with EVEN powers, so we will not move the curve direction to the upper side.

So, the zero points of x will be -3,-2,2,3 and 5

But we cannot have x = 5,3 or -3 as they are at the denominator.

So, the range of x will be (-infinity, -2) U (2,5).

Please correct me if I am missing anything.
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My answer is {-3<x<-2} U {2<x<3}U{x>5}.

Not sure if I did it correctly. Please correct me if I am wrong
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Wavy Line Method Application - Exercise Question #7

Find the product of the integer values of x that satisfy the inequality $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} < 0$$

Wavy Line Method Application has been explained in detail in the following post:: http://gmatclub.com/forum/wavy-line-method-application-complex-algebraic-inequalities-224319.html

Detailed solution will be posted soon.

[(x-2)(x+2)]^3 / (x-5)^5 ( x^2-9)^4

critical values are -2,2,5,

the inequality is valid in ranges x<-3 and 2<x<5 , x not equal 3 , thus +ve integer value of x is 4 , and the -ve integer values belong to (-infinity,-4)

how can i get the product then or where am i going wrong??
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Solution

Hey Everyone,

Please find below, the solution of the given problem.

Rewriting the inequality to easily identify the zero points

We know that $$(x^2 – 4) = (x+2)(x-2)$$

And similarly, $$(x^2-9) = (x+3)(x-3)$$

So, $$(x^2-4)^3/((x – 5)^5 (x^2-9)^4 )>0$$ can be written as

$$((x+2)^3 (x-2)^3)/((x – 5)^5 (x+3)^4 (x-3)^4 )>0$$

(x + 3) and (x-3) are the terms with even power. So, the wavy line should bounce back at the corresponding zero-points x = -3 and x = 3.

Plotting the zero points and drawing the wavy line:

Required Range:

-2< x < 2 or x > 5

Calculations:

We need the product of all integers in this range. However, note that the integer 0 is a part of the range (-2 < x < 2).

Therefore, the product will be 0.

Correct Answer: Option C
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Solution

Hey Everyone,

Please find below, the solution of the given problem.

Rewriting the inequality to easily identify the zero points

We know that $$(x^2 – 4) = (x+2)(x-2)$$

And similarly, $$(x^2-9) = (x+3)(x-3)$$

So, $$(x^2-4)^3/((x – 5)^5 (x^2-9)^4 )>0$$ can be written as

$$((x+2)^3 (x-2)^3)/((x – 5)^5 (x+3)^4 (x-3)^4 )>0$$

(x + 3) and (x-3) are the terms with even power. So, the wavy line should bounce back at the corresponding zero-points x = -3 and x = 3.

Plotting the zero points and drawing the wavy line:

Required Range:

-2< x < 2 or x > 5

Calculations:

We need the product of all integers in this range. However, note that the integer 0 is a part of the range (-2 < x < 2).

Therefore, the product will be 0.

Correct Answer: Option C

just had a question to solidify my understanding of this - if the question was < instead of >, then there would be no ranges that satisfy this equation? Thank you.
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Solution

Hey Everyone,

Please find below, the solution of the given problem.

Rewriting the inequality to easily identify the zero points

We know that $$(x^2 – 4) = (x+2)(x-2)$$

And similarly, $$(x^2-9) = (x+3)(x-3)$$

So, $$(x^2-4)^3/((x – 5)^5 (x^2-9)^4 )>0$$ can be written as

$$((x+2)^3 (x-2)^3)/((x – 5)^5 (x+3)^4 (x-3)^4 )>0$$

(x + 3) and (x-3) are the terms with even power. So, the wavy line should bounce back at the corresponding zero-points x = -3 and x = 3.

Plotting the zero points and drawing the wavy line:

Required Range:

-2< x < 2 or x > 5

Calculations:

We need the product of all integers in this range. However, note that the integer 0 is a part of the range (-2 < x < 2).

Therefore, the product will be 0.

Correct Answer: Option C

just had a question to solidify my understanding of this - if the question was < instead of >, then there would be no ranges that satisfy this equation? Thank you.

Hey,

If the question was less than (<) instead of greater than(>), then we can still find the range of the range of x.

Look at the wavy curve in the solution given above and think, if we had to find the range of x for which the expression is less than zero, what range will we consider?

Hint: We had considered the positive range in the wavy curve to find the range of x for which the expression was more than zero.

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Hey,

If the question was less than (<) instead of greater than(>), then we can still find the range of the range of x.

Look at the wavy curve in the solution given above and think, if we had to find the range of x for which the expression is less than zero, what range will we consider?

Hint: We had considered the positive range in the wavy curve to find the range of x for which the expression was more than zero.

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Hi Saquib,

Thank you for your prompt response. If we look at the graph, the for negatives we will get the ranges - x<-3, -2>x>-3, 3>x>2, and 5>x>3. Here the product of the integer values cannot be calcuated. Would these be correct ranges if the question asked for negative? Please confirm. Thanks a ton.

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Find the product of the integer values of x that satisfy the inequality $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} > 0$$

We could solve this question easily with the tool called: factor table with sign

$$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} > 0 \iff \frac{(x-2)^3(x+2)^3}{(x-5)^5(x-3)^4(x+3)^4} > 0$$

First, find the value that all factors are equal to 0

$$\begin{split} x-2=0 &\iff x=2 \\ x+2=0 &\iff x=-2\\ x-5=0 &\iff x=5\\ x-3=0 &\iff x=3\\ x+3=0 &\iff x=-3 \end{split}$$

Now, make a factor table with sign like this
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In line (1), we review all possible values of $$x$$ that make each fator equal to 0. The order is ascending (from lowest to highest)

Next, from line (2) to (6), we review the sign of each raw factor without power that based on the range value of $$x$$. Character "|" means that we no need to care about the specific value of them, just the sign positive (+) or negative (-).

Next, from line (7) to (11), we review the sign of each fator with power that exists in the expression.

Finally, in line (12), we could quickly review the sign of the expression.

Hence, we have $$\frac{(x-2)^3(x+2)^3}{(x-5)^5(x-3)^4(x+3)^4} > 0 \iff x \in (-2,2) \cup (5, +\infty)$$

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Given inequality $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5 (x^2 - 9)^4} > 0$$

Since only expressions with odd powers play role in determining the sign of the equation,
1.) we can remove the even power expressions and
2.) make all odd powers equivalent to 1.
We also note that x cannot be equal to 5, 3, -3 as these will make the numerator '0'.

Thus, we can solve for below inequality instead.
$$\frac{(x^2-4)}{(x-5)} > 0$$

Or,
$${(x^2-4)(x-5)} > 0$$

Points are : -2, 2 and 5.
Thus, Ans: (-2,2) U (5,infinity).

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Solution

Hey Everyone,

Please find below, the solution of the given problem.

Rewriting the inequality to easily identify the zero points

We know that $$(x^2 – 4) = (x+2)(x-2)$$

And similarly, $$(x^2-9) = (x+3)(x-3)$$

So, $$(x^2-4)^3/((x – 5)^5 (x^2-9)^4 )>0$$ can be written as

$$((x+2)^3 (x-2)^3)/((x – 5)^5 (x+3)^4 (x-3)^4 )>0$$

(x + 3) and (x-3) are the terms with even power. So, the wavy line should bounce back at the corresponding zero-points x = -3 and x = 3.

Plotting the zero points and drawing the wavy line:

Required Range:

-2< x < 2 or x > 5

Calculations:

We need the product of all integers in this range. However, note that the integer 0 is a part of the range (-2 < x < 2).

Therefore, the product will be 0.

Correct Answer: Option C

Hi

for satisfying the inequality (x^2-4)^3 and ((x – 5)^5 should have the same sign
so, they could be both negative or positive
the range will be different
am I wrong?
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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:
Solution

Hey Everyone,

Please find below, the solution of the given problem.

Rewriting the inequality to easily identify the zero points

We know that $$(x^2 – 4) = (x+2)(x-2)$$

And similarly, $$(x^2-9) = (x+3)(x-3)$$

So, $$(x^2-4)^3/((x – 5)^5 (x^2-9)^4 )>0$$ can be written as

$$((x+2)^3 (x-2)^3)/((x – 5)^5 (x+3)^4 (x-3)^4 )>0$$

(x + 3) and (x-3) are the terms with even power. So, the wavy line should bounce back at the corresponding zero-points x = -3 and x = 3.

Plotting the zero points and drawing the wavy line:

Required Range:

-2< x < 2 or x > 5

Calculations:

We need the product of all integers in this range. However, note that the integer 0 is a part of the range (-2 < x < 2).

Therefore, the product will be 0.

Correct Answer: Option C

Hi

for satisfying the inequality (x^2-4)^3 and ((x – 5)^5 should have the same sign
so, they could be both negative or positive
the range will be different
am I wrong?

Hi soodia

the range of $$x$$ is $$-2<x<2$$ & $$x>5$$. In this range the expression $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5}$$ will always be greater than $$0$$. you can test this by using some values from the range

let $$x=-1$$ then $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5} = \frac{(1-4)^3}{(-1-5)^5}>0$$

if $$x=6$$ then $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5}=\frac{(6^2-4)^3}{(6-5)^5}>0$$

Hi EgmatQuantExpert

we know that $$(x^2-9)^4>0$$ and $$x≠3$$,$$-3$$ & $$5$$ because in that case denominator will be $$0$$ which is not possible.

So isn't our equation be simplified as $$\frac{(x^2-4)^3}{(x-5)^5}>0$$ (cross-multiplying $$(x^2-9)^4$$)

And the wavy line for this equation will be as below giving us the same range $$-2<x<2$$ & $$x>5$$

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