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Homework Help: Absolute Value Inequalities

  1. Sep 18, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Solve (x+2)/(x+1) -2 < 0

    2. Relevant equations

    LCD: x + 1

    3. The attempt at a solution

    (x+2-2x-2)/(x+1) < 0

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

    But somehow, I got the wrong answer. The answer is (4, 7]. But I don't know where I went wrong.
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  3. Sep 18, 2010 #2
    I tried everything I could to answer this problem. Am i right that the lcd is x + 1? Because when i multiply - 2 by x + 1, i end up having to cross out + 2 and -2.
  4. Sep 18, 2010 #3


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    I'm confused because you title this thread "Absolute Value Inequalities," but your problem does not have any absolute value symbols. Can you double check the problem, please? Is the problem this?
    [tex]\frac{x+2}{x+1} -2 < 0[/tex]
    Because that's what I'm interpreting.

    Furthermore, according to WolframAlpha, the solution to what I typed above is
    (-∞, -1) U (0, ∞), not (4, 7].

  5. Sep 18, 2010 #4
    Re: Rational Inequalities

    Your right, its not absolute inequalities. It's rational equalities.

    Okay, thanks a lot for answering this question. I really do appreciate it.
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