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    Find the solutions sets for the following inequalities.
    (a) |x − 2| < 4
    (b) x^2 − 1 ≥ 3
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    Hello quah13579
    Quote Originally Posted by quah13579 View Post
    Find the solutions sets for the following inequalities.
    (a) |x − 2| < 4
    (b) x^2 − 1 ≥ 3
    (a) |x-2| < 4 means that the numerical value of (x-2) is less than 4. So (x-2) lies between -4 and 4.

    \Rightarrow -4 < x-2 < 4

    Take the LH inequality: -4< x-2

    \Rightarrow -2<x

    ...and the RH inequality: x-2<4

    \Rightarrow x < 6

    So, combining these two answers into one: -2<x<6

    (b) Although you had a LaTeX error in your original posting, I assume it's x^2 - 1 \ge 3

    So x^2 \ge 4

    When we take square roots, be careful with the negative values. We need to use an absolute value sign |...|, like this:

    |x| \ge 2

    \Rightarrow x \le -2 or x \ge 2

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    [quote=quah13579;348363]Find the solutions sets for the following inequalities.
    (a) |x − 2| < 4
    (b) x^2 − 1 ≥ 3
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    Find the solutions sets for the following inequalities.
    (a) |x − 2| < 4
    (b) x^2 − 1 ≥ 3
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    Quote Originally Posted by quah13579 View Post
    Find the solutions sets for the following inequalities.
    (a) |x − 2| < 4
    (b) x^2 − 1 ≥ 3
    for the absolute value

    a)\mid x-2 \mid < 4 in general

    \mid x-a \mid < b \Rightarrow -b<x-a <b
    and

    \mid x-a \mid > b \Rightarrow -b>x or b<x
    so

    \mid x-2 \mid < 4 \Rightarrow -4<x-2<4 \Rightarrow -4+2 < x < 4+2 \Rightarrow -2<x<6

    second one

    b)x^2-1 \geq 3

    x^2-1-3 \geq 0

    x^2-4 \geq 0

    (x-2)(x+2) \geq 0 we want the values of x which make the value of x^2-4 positive or zero so we need to study the sign of it
    the root of it is -2 ,2 plot them in the real line like this
    equation inequalities-1.jpg

    then take numbers from the three intervals (-infinity , -2 ) and from (-2,2) and from (2,infinity) then sub them in the formula if it was positive write positive sign if negative write negative on the real line like this
    equation inequalities-2.jpg

    the solution is x\in (\infty,-2] \cup [2,\infty)
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