You have,Originally Posted byfair_lady0072002

You want to find where it is below the x-axis thus, you want to find,

Thus,

You are dividing two fractions.

They are negative when they have opposite signs,

(1)

Or,

(2)

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Now solve both inequalities.

(1) The first part is easy thus,

Now, the second part,

Thus,

Okay, you need to know something about exponential curves.

An exponential curve is increasing and intersectest y-axis at An exponential curve is decreasing and intersectest y-axis at .

This exponent is of the type So it is decreasing and intersects the y-axis (which is one) at Thus, when The function (since decreasing) is always less than one.

You now have for the first part , a more fancy way to say this is .

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For the second part (2), following same ideas you arrive at,

, but this set is empty (basically impossible, right?) Thus, you disregard this case.