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    Exclamation square root ques.

    Find all the real values of x such that
    1/((sqrt(2x-3))^2) > 1/4

    I just want to know how to do this ques.
    So far i have done the following:
    4 > 2x-3 ( multiplied left side by 4 and right side by (sqrt(2x-3))^2). ( sqrt x square only 2x-3 remains)
    x<19/2 (isolated x...)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shannu82 View Post
    Find all the real values of x such that
    1/((sqrt(2x-3))^2) > 1/4

    I just want to know how to do this ques.
    So far i have done the following:
    4 > 2x-3 ( multiplied left side by 4 and right side by (sqrt(2x-3))^2). ( sqrt x square only 2x-3 remains)
    x<19/2 (isolated x...)

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Good start, but where did you get 19/2 from? I got 7/2 from adding 3 to both sides to eliminate the -3

    You have: 4 > 2x-3

    Add 3 to both sides: 7 > 2x

    Can you finish?


    From what I understand you are squaring before taking the square root so the domain is all the real numbers except 3/2
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    Quote Originally Posted by e^(i*pi) View Post
    Good start, but where did you get 19/2 from? I got 7/2 from adding 3 to both sides to eliminate the -3

    You have: 4 > 2x-3

    Add 3 to both sides: 7 > 2x

    Can you finish?


    From what I understand you are squaring before taking the square root so the domain is all the real numbers except 3/2
    Thanx for replying, ya... i for some reason had squared the 4.... I got 7/2. So I just wanna confirm that the answer is x <7/2 is the final ans? I figure that even if you apply the 3/2 sqrt and sqr cancel each other out!
    ~Priya
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    Yes, that's correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by shannu82 View Post
    Find all the real values of x such that
    1/((sqrt(2x-3))^2) > 1/4

    I just want to know how to do this ques.
    So far i have done the following:
    4 > 2x-3 ( multiplied left side by 4 and right side by (sqrt(2x-3))^2). ( sqrt x square only 2x-3 remains)
    \sqrt{x^2} and \big(\sqrt x\big)^2 are different, the first one equals |x| which holds for any x and the second one only holds for x\ge0, so on your question, the inequality does actually require that 2x-3>0, and then by algebra it follows that x<\dfrac72, but since x>\dfrac32, the solution for the original inequality is \dfrac32<x<\dfrac72.
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    I just want to make sure i understand correctly, if the above question was changed from (√(2x-3))^2 to √((2x-3)^2) would it be x<7/2
    Last edited by shannu82; September 18th 2010 at 01:12 PM.
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    no, it's not correct.

    now in this case we're dealing with \dfrac1{|2x-3|}>\dfrac14, which can be written as |2x-3|<4, we can do this since |2x-3|>0, well it can be zero but makes no sense in this case, so -4<2x-3<4\implies-\dfrac12<x<\dfrac72.

    but this is not the solution set since x\ne\dfrac32, so the solution set is actually \displaystyle\left] -\frac{1}{2},\frac{3}{2} \right[\cup \left] \frac{3}{2},\frac{7}{2} \right[.
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