#34. Solve the Polynomial Inequality using the Test Point Method | Summary and Q&A

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#34. Solve the Polynomial Inequality using the Test Point Method

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This video explains how to solve an inequality and find the solution set in interval notation using the test point method.

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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 step-by-step 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.

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