1. ## Inequality problem

I canīt grasp what the inequality is asking for?
For what positive number (s) is the following statement true?
$Ix-3IIx-4I<2$ (those strange I:s represent abs: )

I solved $Ix-4I<2$
That gives me $(-2) / add +4
$2
And now I donīt understand what I am suppose to do.

2. Dear Henryt999,

We have to find $S\in{Z^+}$ such that, $\left|x-3\right|< S\Rightarrow\left|x-4\right|<2$

As you have mentioned, $\left|x-4\right|<2\Rightarrow2-------------A

Similarly, $\left|x-3\right|< S\Rightarrow-S

Therefore, $3-S--------------B

From A and B, $3-S\leq{2}$ and $S+3\geq{6}$

Therefore, $S\geq{1}$ and $S\geq{3}$

So we would get, $S\geq{3}$ as the answer.

Hope this helps.

3. Hello, Henryt999!

For what positive number $s$ is the following statements true?

. . $\begin{array}{cccc}|x-3| &<& s & [1]\\ \\[-3mm] |x-4| &<& 2 & [2] \end{array}$
Note that: . $s \,\geq\,0$

From [1], we have: . $-s \:<\:x-3 \:<\:s \quad\Rightarrow\quad -s+3 \:<\:x\:<\:s + 3$ .[3]

From [2], we have: . $-2 \:<\:x-4\:<\:2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad 2 \:<\:x\:<\:6$ .[4]

[3] tells us that $x$ is between $3-s$ and $3+s$
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- - - o = = = = = = o - - -
3-s           3+s

[4] tells us that $x$ is between 2 and 6.
Code:

- - o = = = = = = = = o - -
2                 6

For both statements to be true,
. . the first interval must be "inside" the second interval.
Code:

- - - o = = = = = = o - - -
3-s           3+s

- - o = = = = = = = = o - -
2                 6

So we have: . $\begin{array}{ccccccc}3-s \:\geq\:2 & \Rightarrow & -s \:\geq \:-1 & \Rightarrow & s \:\leq\:1 \\

3+s \:\leq\:6 & \Rightarrow & s \:\leq\:3 \end{array}$

. . which are both true for: . $s \,\leq\,1$

Therefore, the inequalities are true for: . $0 \,\leq s\,\leq\,1$

4. Dear Sorban,

You had considered the situation where the 3-s<x<3+x is inside 2<x<6. But I have considered the situation where 2<x<6 is inside 3-s<x<3+x. I think both situations must be considered since in both situations, the two inequalities hold.

Therefore the answer could be either, $0 \,\leq S\,\leq\,1
$
or $S\geq{3}\Rightarrow{S}\in[0,1]\cup[3,\infty)$

5. ## Thanks too both of you guys but..

Therefore, the inequalities are true for: . $0 \,\leq s\,\leq\,1$

Thanks for the help, one part I dont understand.
We get that $s<1$
how did this get too $0?

6. [QUOTE=Henryt999;445369]For what positive number (s) is the following statement true? $|x-3||x-4|<2$ [/QUOTE

Originally Posted by Sudharaka
Therefore the answer could be either, $0 \,\leq S\,\leq\,1$ or $S\geq{3}\Rightarrow{S}\in[0,1]\cup[3,\infty)$
Originally Posted by Henryt999
Therefore, the inequalities are true for: . $0 \,\leq s\,\leq\,1$
Sudharaka, the solution Sorban gave is correct and is the only solution.
I think that you have misread the question or you failed to see the implication.
$|x-3| is the set of numbers $(3-s,3+s)$.
$|x-4|<2$ is the set of numbers $(2,6)$.

The implication in the question, $|x-3|, means that $x \in \left( {3 - s,3 + s} \right) \Rightarrow ~ x \in \left( {2,6} \right)$.
We know that $7\in [3,\infty)$ but we cannot have $s=7$.
For then we would have $0\in (-4,10)$ but $0 \notin (2,6)$.

You want to find all values of $s$ for which $\left( {3 - s,3 + s} \right) \subseteq \left( {2,6} \right)$ is true.

7. Dear Plato,

What you have said is correct. Now I see the mistake I had made and thank you so much for telling me that.