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Homework Help: Solve Inequalities algebraically

  1. Sep 29, 2013 #1
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    So when I started this question, I knew that 2r +3 > 0 in order for this whole thing to work so r > -3/2, and I know that if the middle term has to be more than 0, than only one more of the others is going to be negative, for the first term i found that r < 4/3 and the third was r < 2, so I know that the answer should be (4/3, 2), but how do I prove that algebraically?
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2013
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  3. Sep 29, 2013 #2


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    I wouldn't solve it "algebraically." I would solve it by making a two-column table. First, find values of r that would make the left side 0 or undefined (I call these critical values), which appears you have already done. Then in the first column list all critical values and all intervals bounded by these critical values.
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    Test interval|Value
    (-inf, -3/2) |undefined
    r = -3/2     |0
    (-3/2, 4/3)  |
    r = 4/3      |0
    (4/3, 2)     |
    r = 2        |0
    (2, inf)     |
    In the second column, you fill in 0, undefined, positive, or negative. For the remaining intervals, pick a test value to plug into the inequality and you will eventually determine the solution set.
  4. Sep 29, 2013 #3
    ohhhh ok, that makes sense. thank you.
  5. Sep 29, 2013 #4


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    Since the square root, [itex]\sqrt{2r+ 3}[/itex], is, by definition, nonnegative, you can (almost) ignore it. The product of the two numbers, 3r- 4 and [itex]\sqrt[3]{r- 2}[/itex], will be negative if and only if the two factors are of opposite order. In other words, either

    1) 3r- 4> 0 and [itex]\sqrt[3]{r- 2}< 0[/itex] or
    2) 3r- 4< 0 and [itex]\sqrt[3]{r- 2}> 0[/itex]

    Similarly, a positive number, cubed, is positive and a negative number, cubed, is negative. So that can be reduced to
    1) 3r- 4> 0 and r- 2< 0 or
    2) 3r- 4< 0 and r- 2> 0.

    3r- 4> 0 for r> 4/3 and r- 2< 0 for r< 3. Those will both be true for 4/3< r< 3.
    [itex]\sqrt{2r+ 3}= 0[/itex] only for r= -3/2 and that does not lie between 4/3 and 3.

    (1) is true for 4/3< r< 3.

    3r- r< 0 for r< 4/3 and r- 2> 0 for r> 3. (2) is never true.
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