# Polynomial Inequalities 2 7 Definition of a Polynomial

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Polynomial Inequalities 2. 7

Definition of a Polynomial Inequality A polynomial inequality is any inequality that can be put in one of the forms f(x) < 0, f(x) > 0, f(x) < 0, or f(x)> 0 where f is a polynomial function.

Procedure for Solving Polynomial Inequalities l l l Express the inequality in the standard form f(x) < 0 or f(x) > 0. Find the zeros of f. The real zeros are the boundary points. Locate these boundary points on a number line, thereby dividing the number line into intervals. Choose one representative number within each interval and evaluate f at that number. If the value of f is positive, then f(x)>0 for all numbers, x, in the interval. If the value of f is negative, then f(x)<0 for all numbers, x, in the interval. Write the solution set; selecting the interval(s) that satisfy the given inequality.

Example Solve and graph the solution set on a real number line: 2 x 2 – 3 x > 2. Solution Step 1 Write the inequality in standard form. We can write by subtracting 2 from both sides to get zero on the right. 2 x 2 – 3 x – 2 > > 2– 2 0 Step 2 Solve the related quadratic equation. Replace the inequality sign with an equal sign. Thus, we will solve. 2 x 2 – 3 x – 2 = (2 x + 1)(x – 2) = 2 x + 1 = 0 or x– 2 x = -1/2 or x = The boundary points are – 1/2 and 2. 0 = This is the related quadratic equation. 0 2 0 Factor. Set each factor equal to 0. Solve for x.

Example cont. Solve and graph the solution set on a real number line: 2 x 2 – 3 x > 2. Solution Locate the boundary points on a number line. The number line with the boundary points is shown as follows: Step 3 -1/2 2 x 0 The boundary points divide the number line into three test intervals. Including the boundary points (because of the given greater than or equal to sign), the intervals are (-ºº, -1/2], [-1/2, 2], [2, -ºº).

Example cont. Solve and graph the solution set on a real number line: 2 x 2 – 3 x > 2. Solution Step 4 Take one representative number within each test interval and substitute that number into the original inequality. Test Interval Representative Number Substitute into 2 x∆ – 3 x > 2 Conclusion (-ºº, -1/2] -1 2(-1) 2 – 3(-1) > 2 5 > 2, True (-ºº, -1/2] belongs to the solution set. [-1/2, 2] 0 2(0) 2 – 3(0) > 2 0 > 2, False [-1/2, 2] does not belong to the solution set. [2, ºº) 3 2(3)2 – 3(3) > 2 9 > 2, True [2, ºº) belongs to the solution set.

Example cont. Solve and graph the solution set on a real number line: 2 x 2 – 3 x > 2. Solution Step 5 The solution set are the intervals that produced a true statement. Our analysis shows that the solution set is (-ºº, -1/2] or [2, ºº). The graph of the solution set on a number line is shown as follows: -5 -2 1 4 -1/2 2 ) ( -4 -1 2 5 -3 0 3 x

Y U TRY! l Solve the inequality:

Text Example Solve and graph the solution set: Solution Step 1 Express the inequality so that one side is zero and the other side is a single quotient. We subtract 2 from both sides to obtain zero on the right.

Text Example cont. Solve and graph the solution set: Step 3 Locate boundary points on a number line. The boundary points divide the number line into three test intervals, namely A: [-ºº, -5), (-5, -3), (-3, ºº]. B: (-ºº, -5], [-5, -3), (-3, ºº). Y U PARTICIPATE! C: (-ºº, -5], [-5, -3], [-3, ºº).

Text Example cont. Solve and graph the solution set: Step 4 Take one representative number within each test interval and substitute that number into the original equality. Test Interval Representative Number (-ºº, -5) -6 f(x )< 0 for all x in -ºº, -5) ( (-5, -3) -4 f(x) > 0 for all x in -5, -3) ( (-3, ºº) 0 f(x) < 0 for all x in -3, ºº) ( Substitute into Conclusion

Text Example cont. Solve and graph the solution set: Step 5 The solution set are the intervals that produced a true statement. Our analysis shows that the solution set is: A: [-1, -3] B: [-1, -3) C: [-5, -3] D: [-5, -3) Y U CAN DO IT!

The Position Formula for a Free-Falling Object Near Earth’s Surface • • • An object that is falling or vertically projected into the air has its height in feet above the ground given by s = -16 t 2 + v 0 t + s 0 where s is the height in feet, v 0 is the original velocity (initial velocity) of the object in feet per second, t is the time that the object is in motion in seconds, and s 0 is the original height (initial height) of the object in feet.

Example An object is propelled straight up from ground level with an initial velocity of 80 fps. Its height at time t is described by s = -16 t 2 + 80 t where the height, s, is measured in feet and the time, t, is measured in seconds. In which time interval will the object be more than 64 feet above the ground? Solution -16 t 2 + 80 t > 64 -16 t 2 + 80 t – 64 > 0 -16 t 2 + 80 t – 64 = 0 -16 (t – 1)(t – 4) = 0 t – 1 = 0 or t – 4 = 0 t=1 t=4 This is the inequality implied by the problem’s question. We must find t. Subtract 64 from both sides. Solve the related quadratic equation. Factor. Divide each side by -16. Set each factor equal to 0. Solve for t. The boundary points are 1 and 4.

Example cont. An object is propelled straight up from ground level with an initial velocity of 80 fps. Its height at time t is described by s = -16 t ∆ + 80 t where the height, s, is measured in feet and the time, t, is measured in seconds. In which time interval will the object be more than 64 feet above the ground? Solution -16 t 2 + 80 t > 64 t=1 t=4 This is the inequality implied by the problem’s question. We must find t. The boundary points are 1 and 4. Since neither boundary point satisfy the inequality, 1 and 4 are not part of the solution. 1 4 x With test intervals (-ºº, 1), (1, 4), and (4, ºº), we could use 0, 2, and 5 as test points for our analysis.

Example cont. An object is propelled straight up from ground level with an initial velocity of 80 fps. Its height at time t is described by s = -16 t 2 + 80 t where the height, s, is measured in feet and the time, t, is measured in seconds. In which time interval will the object be more than 64 feet above the ground? Solution Test Interval Representative Number Substitute into (x – 1)(x – 4) < 0 Conclusion (-ºº, 1) 0 (0 – 1)(0 – 4) < 0 4 < 0, False (-ºº, 1) does not belong to the solution set. (1, 4) 2 (2 – 1)(2 – 4) < 0 -2 < 0, True (1, 4) belongs to the solution set. (4, ºº) 5 (5 – 1)(5 – 4) < 0 4 < 0, False (4, ºº) does not belong to the solution set. The object will be above 64 feet between 1 and 4 seconds.

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