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Old 01-01-2008   #1
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Default algebra need help

\sqrt {x + 2 - x^2 } < \sqrt {x^2 - 3x + 2} + x. please help me
Old 01-01-2008   #2
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Default Not as hard as it seems

I cannot get the symbols right either.
For the square roots to be real numbers,
-x^2+x+2 and x^2-3x+2 must be positive or zero
That only happens for x=-1, x=1 and all numbers in between.
That is the domain you are working in.
Luckily for you, neither side of the inequality is negative there, so you can square both sides to get another inequality with exactly the same solutions.
Rearrange the new inequality so that one side contains only the term with the square root.
You'll find x as a factor on both sides. For x=0, both sides of your inequality are equal, so x=0 is not a solution.
You will have to consider two cases (x>0 and x<0).
Squaring again, you get an inequality that is never true for x>0.
For x<0, the last inequality is always true within your domain.
Your solution, then, is x=-1 and -1<x<0.
For your comfort (not a real check), you can try values of x (e.g. x=-1, x=-1/2, x=0) in the original inequality.
Old 01-02-2008   #3
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Why not just for notation?
Old 01-02-2008   #4
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Originally Posted by Temperal View Post
Why not just for notation?
Allergic to latex.

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