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Solving Inequalities

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**Important Facts < means less than > means greater than**

≤ means less than or equal to ≥ means greater than or equal to Use an open circle for < and > when graphing Use a closed circle for ≤ and ≥ when graphing

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**How to solve an inequality**

There is only one difference between an equation and an inequality = versus <, >, ≤, ≥

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**Solving inequalities 4 + x < 12**

4 + x < 12(draw wall down inequality) 4 + x < 12 (box in variable) 4 + x < 12 (minus 4 both sides) x < 8

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**Remember This Fact Use an open circle for < and > when graphing**

Use a closed circle for ≤ and ≥ when graphing

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**Now to graph the solution**

x < 8 Draw a number line. Just need a few numbers on either side of the solution number. 2. Decide if open circle or closed circle. Place it above the solution number. 3. Determine which way your arrow goes by substituting a number in for the variable to make the statement true. Then draw the arrow pointing in that direction.

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**48 ≥ 8m (draw wall, box variable)**

Solving inequalities 48 ≥ 8m 48 ≥ 8m (draw wall, box variable) (divide 8 both sides) 6 ≥ m

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**Now to graph the solution**

6 ≥ m Draw a number line. Just need a few numbers on either side of the solution number. 2. Decide if open circle or closed circle. Place it above the solution number. 3. Determine which way your arrow goes by substituting a number in for the variable to make the statement true. Then draw the arrow pointing in that direction.

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6u ≥ 36 6u ≥ 36 u ≥ 6

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3y – 1 ≥ 5 3y – 1 ≥ 5 3y ≥ 6 y ≥ 2

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**Graph an inequality x < 12 Open circle or closed circle?**

Which direction should the arrow go?

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**Graph an inequality 42 ≥ m Open circle or closed circle?**

Which direction should the arrow go?

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**Now you try! A problem will appear on the board**

You work the problem independtly and with your group. Once the group agrees on the solution and the graph, write them on the white board. Place white board face down until asked to show your board.

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