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Replacement set ?

  1. Aug 9, 2003 #1
    Hey, I'm new and trying to study for school which is starting again soon. I'm not very math smart, and need some help. How would I work out this problem? Thanks...xowe

    Find the solution set for x + 3 > 8 if the replacement set is {0, 2, 5, 6, 10}.
     
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  3. Aug 10, 2003 #2

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    Since you are given a finite "replacement set" (i.e. possible values for x), the simplest way to do this is just try each value and see what happens:

    If x= 0, then x+3= 0+3= 3. No, that's not larger than 8.
    If x= 2, then x+3= 2+3= 5. No, that's not larger than 8.
    If x= 5, then x+3= 5+3= 8. No, that's not LARGER than 8.
    If x= 6, then x+3= 6+3= 9. Yes! That's larger than 8
    If x= 10, then x+ 3= 10+3= 13. Yes! That's larger than 13.
    The solution set is {6, 10}.

    Another way to do this is to solve the inequality generally:
    x+ 3> 8- subtract 3 from both sides: x> 5. The only members of the replacement set that are larger than 5 are 6 and 10: the solution set is {6, 10}.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2003 #3

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    I meant, of course, "larger than 8".
     
  5. Aug 10, 2003 #4
    Ah, ha! Thank you, now I get it...xowe
     
  6. Sep 15, 2011 #5
    Its been 8 years since this was posted but it still helped me with my 8th grade math THANK YOU
     
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