1 2 x + 3 < 4x - 7

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Solve inequalities is no different than solving regular equations.  In both cases, you need to get all the x terms on one side of the equation and all the numbers on the other.

One way to do this question is this:

Subtract 4x from both sides.  You now have

-3.5x + 3 < -7

Subtract 3 from both sides

-3.5x < -10

Divide both sides by -3.5.  Be sure to switch the direction of the inequality sign.

x > 2.85

If you prefer, you can multiply both sides by 2 to get your .5x to be x.

x + 6 < 8x - 14

Then you move the 8x and the 6.

-7x < -20

Again, be sure to switch the direction of the inequality sign.

x > 20/7


x > 2.85


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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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For solving the inequality, we'll move 4x to the left side and the free term to the right side:


In order to do the calculations, we'll have to have the same denominator, which is 2. For this reason, we'll amplify each term, except the ratio (1/2)x, with 2.



We'll multiply with (-1)  and the direction of inequality will be changed:




x belongs to the set (20/7, +inf)

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