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    Is this correct? inequality

    The solution of the inequality \mid 2x - 1 \mid < x + 2 is

    ? < x < ?



    And this is what I did:

    For positive value
    2x - 1 = x + 2
    2x - 1 = x + 2
    2x - x = 2 + 1
     x = 3


    For negative value
    2x - 1 = -x - 2
     2x + x = -2 + 1
     3x = -1
     x = \frac{-1}{3}


    Therefore the answer being:
    \frac{-1}{3} < x < 3

    Is it correct?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_John View Post
    The solution of the inequality \mid 2x - 1 \mid < x + 2 is

    ? < x < ?



    And this is what I did:

    For positive value
    2x - 1 = x + 2
    2x - 1 = x + 2
    2x - x = 2 + 1
     x = 3


    For negative value
    2x - 1 = -x - 2
     2x + x = -2 + 1
     3x = -1
     x = \frac{-1}{3}


    Therefore the answer being:
    \frac{-1}{3} < x < 3

    Is it correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    yes, your answer is correct, i don't like how you set out the problem though, with equal signs and such. however, from looking at what you did, i can see that you pretty much have the right concept of what to do.
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    Thanks!
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    Hi Patrick!

    You must be more rigurous in such problems.
    First of all we need a condition: x+2>0\Leftrightarrow x>-2\Leftrightarrow x\in (-2,\infty), else the inequality has no solution.
    Now:
    If 2x-1\geq 0\Leftrightarrow x\geq\frac{1}{2} (1) the inequality becomes
    2x-1<x+2\Leftrightarrow x<3 (2)
    From (1) and (2) we have x\in\left.\left[\frac{1}{2},3\right.\right) (3)
    If 2x-1<0\Leftrightarrow x\in\left(-2,\frac{1}{2}\right) (4) the inequality becomes
    -2x+1<x+2\Leftrightarrow x>-\frac{1}{3} (5)
    From (4) and (5) we have x\in\left(-\frac{1}{3},\frac{1}{2}\right) (6)
    Now, from (3) and (6) yields x\in\left(-\frac{1}{3},3\right)
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    Quote Originally Posted by red_dog View Post
    Hi Patrick!

    You must be more rigurous in such problems.
    First of all we need a condition: x+2>0\Leftrightarrow x>-2\Leftrightarrow x\in (-2,\infty), else the inequality has no solution.
    Now:
    If 2x-1\geq 0\Leftrightarrow x\geq\frac{1}{2} (1) the inequality becomes
    2x-1<x+2\Leftrightarrow x<3 (2)
    From (1) and (2) we have x\in\left.\left[\frac{1}{2},3\right.\right) (3)
    If 2x-1<0\Leftrightarrow x\in\left(-2,\frac{1}{2}\right) (4) the inequality becomes
    -2x+1<x+2\Leftrightarrow x>-\frac{1}{3} (5)
    From (4) and (5) we have x\in\left(-\frac{1}{3},\frac{1}{2}\right) (6)
    Now, from (3) and (6) yields x\in\left(-\frac{1}{3},3\right)
    I usually just split it into two inequalities, which is kind of similar to what Patrick did:

    |2x - 1| < x + 2

    We have two cases (one where what is in the absolute values is positive, and one where it's negative):

    case 1:

    2x - 1 < x + 2

    \Rightarrow x < 3 .............. 1st condition

    case 2:

    -(2x - 1) < x + 2 ................. I think Patrick knows why I made the left side negative, so i won't explain

    \Rightarrow 2x - 1 > -x - 2

    \Rightarrow 3x > -1

    \Rightarrow x > - \frac {1}{3} ................. 2nd condidtion


    Putting both conditions into one, we get:

    - \frac {1}{3} < x < 3 ..................this is the form the question asked the answer to be put in

    or equivalently, as red_dog said, x \in \left( - \frac {1}{3},3 \right)
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    I will show you all another way to work it.
    \left| {2x - 1} \right| < x + 2 implies 0 < x + 2.
    Square both sides 4x^2  - 4x + 1 < x^2  + 4x + 4.
    Now solve:
    \begin{array}{l}<br />
 3x^2  - 8x - 3 < 0 \\ <br />
 \left( {3x + 1} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right) < 0 \\ <br />
 x \in \left( {\frac{{ - 1}}{3},3} \right) \\ <br />
 \end{array}.
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    Thank you everyone, now I completely understand this!
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