#34. Solve the Polynomial Inequality using the Test Point Method  Summary and Q&A
TL;DR
This video explains how to solve an inequality and find the solution set in interval notation using the test point method.
Key Insights
 🧑🏭 The first step in solving inequalities is to ensure the inequality is factored and has zero on one side.
 😫 Each factor is set equal to zero to find the individual solutions for the inequality.
 😥 The test point method involves picking test points in each interval to determine whether to shade or leave unshaded.
 😫 The pattern for shading intervals in the solution set is alternating: shade, don't shade, shade, etc.
 😫 The solution set is written in interval notation, with brackets for "equal to" and parentheses for "greater than" or "less than."
 😥 The easiest test point to choose is often zero, as it simplifies calculations.
 The final solution set is obtained by connecting the shaded intervals on the number line.
Transcript
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Questions & Answers
Q: How do you start solving an inequality using the test point method?
The first step is to ensure that the inequality is in factored form and has zero on one side. Then, set each factor equal to zero to find the solutions for the inequality.
Q: What is the purpose of the test point method in solving inequalities?
The test point method helps determine which intervals of the number line should be shaded. By using test points and plugging them into the original inequality, you can determine if a particular interval satisfies the inequality or not.
Q: Is it necessary to try multiple test points in each interval?
No, it is not necessary. Choosing a single test point in each interval is sufficient for determining whether to shade the interval or not. However, it is important to choose test points that are easy to calculate.
Q: Why do we shade some intervals and not others in the solution set?
The intervals to shade in the solution set are determined by the test point method. If a test point within an interval satisfies the original inequality, the interval is shaded. If the test point does not satisfy the inequality, the interval remains unshaded.
Summary & Key Takeaways

The video provides stepbystep instructions for solving an inequality in interval notation.

It explains how to set each factor equal to zero and find the solutions for the inequality.

The test point method is introduced, which involves using test points to determine whether each interval should be shaded or not.