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    quadratic inequality

    Find the range of values of p for which 2x^{2}+4x+3>p is real for all values of x.

    What's the meaning of the "is real" here??
    Does it mean "is true"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by acc100jt View Post
    Find the range of values of p for which 2x^{2}+4x+3>p is real for all values of x.

    What's the meaning of the "is real" here??
    Does it mean "is true"?

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    It means that the solution to the inequality is all values of x.

    Note that 2x^{2}+4x+3>p \Rightarrow 2x^2 + 4x + (3 - p) > 0 so one way of solving the problem is to find the values of p such that the y-coordinate of the turning point of y = 2x^2 + 4x + (3 - p) is greater than zero.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acc100jt View Post
    Find the range of values of p for which 2x^{2}+4x+3>p is real for all values of x.

    What's the meaning of the "is real" here??
    Does it mean "is true"?

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    Let z=3-p

    Then we must find all values of x such that 2x^2+4x+z>0

    Now solving 2x^24x+z=0 we get x=\frac{-(\sqrt{-2(x-2)}+2)}{2} and x=\frac{\sqrt{-2(z-2)}-2}{2}

    Now since this is an upward facing parabola we want all the values to the "left" and "right" of the two zeros, so we get

    x<\frac{-(\sqrt{-2(x-2)}+2)}{2} and \frac{\sqrt{-2(z-2)}-2}{2}<x

    Now sub back z=3-p to get

    x<\frac{-(\sqrt{2p-6}+2)}{2} and \frac{\sqrt{2p-6}-2}{2}<x

    So for this value to be real we need to have that 0\leqslant{2p-6} or in other words 3\leqslant{p}

    And that is your answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathstud28 View Post
    Let z=3-p

    Then we must find all values of x such that 2x^2+4x+z>0

    Now solving 2x^24x+z=0 we get x=\frac{-(\sqrt{-2(x-2)}+2)}{2} and x=\frac{\sqrt{-2(z-2)}-2}{2}

    Now since this is an upward facing parabola we want all the values to the "left" and "right" of the two zeros, so we get

    x<\frac{-(\sqrt{-2(x-2)}+2)}{2} and \frac{\sqrt{-2(z-2)}-2}{2}<x

    Now sub back z=3-p to get

    x<\frac{-(\sqrt{2p-6}+2)}{2} and \frac{\sqrt{2p-6}-2}{2}<x

    So for this value to be real we need to have that 0\leqslant{2p-6} or in other words 3\leqslant{p}

    And that is your answer.
    My understanding of the question is that the inequality has to be satisfied for all real values of x. If that's the case, the solution will be as I suggested in my first post. The answer will be p < 1.
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    Quote Originally Posted by acc100jt View Post
    Find the range of values of p for which 2x^{2}+4x+3>p is real for all values of x.

    What's the meaning of the "is real" here??
    Does it mean "is true"?

    Thanks for those who help
    Lets assume you are asked to find those values of p such that 2x^{2}+4x+3>p for all x.

    Well as we have a parabola opening upwards this means that we seek values of p such that:

    2x^{2}+4x+3=p

    or

    2x^{2}+4x+3-p=0

    has no real roots.

    Using the quadratic formula, we find the roots to be:

    x=\frac{-4\pm \sqrt{16-8(3-p)}}{4}

    and for there to be no real roots requires that 16-8(3-p)<0 or p<1.

    Which is again Mr Fantastics solution.

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