# Precalculus Examples

Move to the left side of the equation by subtracting it from both sides.

Factor out of .

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Write each expression with a common denominator of , by multiplying each by an appropriate factor of .

Combine.

Multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Apply the distributive property.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Find all the values where the expression switches from negative to positive by setting each factor equal to and solving.

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

Solve for each factor to find the values where the absolute value expression goes from negative to positive.

Consolidate the solutions.

Set up the equation to solve for .

The domain is all values of that make the expression defined.

Use each root to create test intervals.

Test a value on the interval to see if it makes the inequality true.

Choose a value on the interval and see if this value makes the original inequality true.

Replace with in the original inequality.

The left side is not less than the right side , which means that the given statement is false.

False

False

Test a value on the interval to see if it makes the inequality true.

Choose a value on the interval and see if this value makes the original inequality true.

Replace with in the original inequality.

The left side is less than the right side , which means that the given statement is always true.

True

True

Test a value on the interval to see if it makes the inequality true.

Choose a value on the interval and see if this value makes the original inequality true.

Replace with in the original inequality.

The left side is not less than the right side , which means that the given statement is false.

False

False

Compare the intervals to determine which ones satisfy the original inequality.

False

True

False

False

True

False

The solution consists of all of the true intervals.