







A system of inequalities 
20200201 

From Isaac: Austin has x nickels and y dimes, having a maximum of 15 coins worth a minimum of $1 combined. No more than 4 of the coins are nickels and no less than 11 of the coins are dimes. Solve this system of inequalities graphically and determine one possible solution. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The area of a patio 
20190623 

From Miguel: Stephanie has 60 feet of metal fencing material to only fence 3
sides of a rectangular patio. A tall metal wall serves as the fourth side
of the rectangle. write a function for the area the garden (A) in terms
of width in feet (x) What measures of the width would give an area of
at least 150 feet? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality with no solution 
20180920 

From Alena: I'm trying to help with a homework problem. Can you please help me?
2kx  3k < 2x + 4 +3kx
We are solving for "k" with no solution. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A pair of linear inequalities 
20170808 

From Hempstone: Solve the inequalities 3x5<2x+5>4x+9 Answered by Penny Nom. 





A quadratic equation with equal roots 
20160123 

From abdiwahid: X^2+2ax+4x+9a=0 is quadratic equation which has equal roots. Find the possible value of a? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20150419 

From mr.: Simplify the inequality √x>x and represent on a number line Answered by Penny Nom. 





A region described by inequalities in cylindrical coordinates 
20150221 

From Rahul: I am not able to visualize a solid given by inequalities as under (in cylindrical coordinate system)
0=
I know that (can visualize) first 2 inequalities say it is a cylinder of infinite length.
It seems that third inequality poses the restriction to the height as well as it makes us to remove a cone.
But I just can not understand it clearly.
Thanks in advance!
Regards,
Rahul Answered by Penny Nom. 





An equilateral triangle with vertices in 3 parallel planes 
20140531 

From prajay: How to construct an Equilateral Triangle whose vertices lie on three
parallel lines, if the distances of two lines are 'a' and 'b' units
from the middle line.What is the length of the side of the
Equilateral Triangle ? Answered by Chris Fisher. 





An inequality 
20140327 

From James: a step on a stairway is at least 8 inches high. write and solve an inequality to represent the maximum number of steps between floors that are 10 feet apart Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20140125 

From LANELL: this is a problem to solve: 1/3 + 2/7 >=x/21  part of the answer is (oo)
not exactly that similarit is on a calculator as a symbol sure you know what it is I am talking about the x will be a number Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20140117 

From Rosie: 4x/x2<3
four x divided by x2 is less than or equal to 3 Answered by Penny Nom. 





When would one flip the inequality sign? 
20140109 

From Natasha: Would one flip the inequality symbol in this equation: (explain why)
(9a)/(9) > 81
And please explain in what circumstances one would flip the inequality sign
THANKS! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Equal ordinate and abscissa 
20130815 

From sonit: the slope of tangent to the curve y=(4x^2)^1/2 at the point, where the ordinate and abscissa are equal, is Answered by Penny Nom. 





Solve 2x^4+x^337x>26x^2+12 using a graphical approach. 
20121229 

From Tehmas: Solve 2x^4+x^337x>26x^2+12 using a graphical approach.
I don't know how to find the xintercepts or yintercepts in this form. Answered by Penny Nom. 





5<2x+1<1 
20121111 

From Rahul: How does 5<2x+1<1 changes to 1<2x+1<5. What is the rule?
Can we apply absolute value function throughout the first inequality i.e. can we say 5<2x+1<1. But then it becomes 5<2x+1<1 which is impossible because 5 is not less than 1. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A proof by contraposition 
20121019 

From Rahul: I am not able to understand the following,
To prove that if for all e>0, x0, then x>=e. I understand the approach very well but I do not understand why if x=e then x>=e. If it is so then why not x=
Thanks in advance!'
Rahul. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Changing the sign of an inequality 
20120919 

From Bryauna: Why do you change the signs in inequalities?! Answered by Penny Nom. 





A cubic inequality 
20120325 

From Victoria: The flight path of a bumblebee above the ground can be modelled by the function f(x)= 2x^3 17x^2+ 11x + 130. Where x is the time in seconds and f(x) represents the height in inches above the ground. The entrance to the bee's hive is located 100 inches above the ground. Determine when the bumblebee's height is greater than 100 inches. The bee's height was monitored from 0 to 25 seconds inclusive. (over the domain 0 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Linear inequalities 
20110325 

From Alice: OK. I'm in algebra 1 and the linear inequality is
y<2x1
y>2
I don't completely know how to graph y>2 and I'm getting really frustrated
Please help me in any way possible!
Thank You! Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality 
20101213 

From jimmy: 1.7b1.1 <2.3 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Linear inequalities with absolute values 
20101201 

From ryan: Good day!
We we're given this assignment in algebra concerning linear inequalities with absolute value.
In this number I'm confused how to isolate the absolute value, considering there is a variable in the absolute value and there is a variable in the outside.
2+5 43t+t ≤ 34t Answered by Penny Nom. 





4 > 3m7 >= 2 
20100605 

From pamela: The question is
4>3m7>=2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Graphing a linear inequality 
20100526 

From Valeie: When graphing a linear inequality, how do you know if the inequality represents the area above the line. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Which values of x satisfy (x2) / (x+4) <7 
20100523 

From Rocco: Which values of x satisfy (x2) / (x+4) <7 Answered by Harley Weston. 





Frank makes picture frames 
20100220 

From Carol: Frank makes picture frames his revenue from sales is R=$13.60x for frames sold. The cost making frames is C=$5.80x+$120 for frames made. What is the minum number of frames Frank must make and sell in order for his revenue to be greater than his costs. Answered by Penny Nom and Melanie Tyrer. 





1/a + 1/b + 1/c < 1 
20100201 

From Mrityun: suppose a,b and c are natural numbers such that 1/a + 1/b + 1/c < 1. Prove that
1/a + 1/b + 1/c < = 41/42. Answered by Penny Nom and Claude Tardif. 





Growth rates 
20100126 

From Bhavya: Dear Sir/Ma'am,
I read in the text book that the growth rates of these 3 functions are as below
n^{2/3} < n/lg n < n^{0.99}
I tried the substitution method to check the correctness of this. But it gets really tough as n increase.
Is there any simpler way to understand the correctness of these growth rates?
Thanks and Regards,
Bhavya Answered by Robert Dawson. 





The triangle inequality 
20100111 

From Nazrul: If A and B are any two vectors, then how can I prove that magnitude of (A+B)<=magnitude of A+magnitude of B. Please show me the process in details. Thank you. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Cutting a square into four shapes 
20100105 

From Tracy: A square with a side of 4 ft needs to be cut into four shapes with the same area. can you find six different was to cut the square? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





e^pi and pi^e 
20091022 

From Natalie: Question from natalie, a student:
Without using your calculator, prove which is bigger: e^pi or pi^e
we talked about ad absurdum in class, so I'm assuming that is how I approach this question, but since neither of them have a variable( like the examples we actually solved in class), I'm not quite sure how to solve it.... Answered by Harley Weston. 





2(x4)>4+2x 
20090827 

From jorna: 2(x4)>4+2x Answered by Penny Nom. 





Things equal to the same thing 
20090729 

From nazrul: If p^2pa+q=0 and m^2ma+n=0 , can we write p^2pa+q= m^2ma+n? Please explain. Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Inequalities Proof 
20090724 

From ABOU: good morning.......a b c are real positive no zero......proof that
sq root(2a/(a+b))+sq root(2b/(b+c))+sq root(2c/(c+a))inferior or equal 3
thank you Answered by Janice Cotcher. 





Inequalities 
20090722 

From Sindhu: prove that
4^79 < ( (2^100) + (3^100) )< 4^80 ? Answered by Robert Dawson. 





Properties of Inequality 
20090605 

From Nazrul: We know that if a>b then (1/a)<(1/b)
But why 5> 2 implies (1/5)>(1/2) .
Thank you in advance for your help. Answered by Robert J. Dawson. 





1/(x+1) <1 
20090516 

From Nazrul: What is the solution of absolute value of (1/(x+1))<1? Please explain. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Solve 1<52x<10 for x 
20090512 

From Helen: solve the following inequality for x
1<52x<10 Te less then sign by the one, should be less then or equal to. Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





Four identical lots 
20090330 

From Marina: I really want to know the answer to this problem for my 6th grade son. I've already sent this question with the drawing but I couldn't send it correctly. I hope this one will pass through.
Q: Divide evenly and identical the figure representing a lot, into four for the 4 siblings. I've sent a figure drawing as attachment. I will describe this in case it will not reach you: its a square divide into 4 triangle and 1 triangle is taken out living a letter M figure and
this letter M figure is the one that will be divided.into 4 even and identical parts.
Marina Answered by Claude Tardif. 





An inequality with logs 
20090306 

From Indrajit: (x/10)^(logx  2)<100..........how to solve this one?? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Solving an equality 
20090210 

From Deborah: 2(v+10)<18 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Solving an inequality 
20090102 

From jarred: 3x+8>2 Answered by Penny Nom. 





What are the equivalent to 0.68? 
20081028 

From clay: what are the equivalent to 0.68 ? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Two inequalities 
20081008 

From s: 3y > 4x
2x3y>6 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How do you solve for x when (x^4)x is greater than or equal to 0? 
20080814 

From Katie: How do you solve for x when (x^4)x is greater than or equal to 0? Answered by Penny Nom. 





5x < 25+10 
20080425 

From Courtney: What is the answer to 5x<25+10 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





How is the square root of 3/4 is greater than 3/4? 
20080422 

From Serena: How is the square root of 3/4 is greater than 3/4? Answered by Penny Nom. 





The isoperimetric inequality 
20080421 

From Dutch: I'm searching for the proof that the sphere has the smallest volume of any figure and maximizes the volume of any figure. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Two consecutive odd numbers 
20080401 

From prinsilla: of all pairs of consecutive odd integers whose sum is greater than 75. find the pair whose sum is least? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





A fractional inequality 
20080220 

From ed: solve the inequality
(x+3)^2 (2x)
___________ < 0
(x+4) (x^2  4)
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Multiplying an inequality by a negative number 
20071127 

From Lisa: Why is it that you have to switch the sign of the inequality when you divide or multiply by an negative number to solve for a variable? Answered by Penny Nom and Walter Whiteley. 





Variable expressions  part 2 
20070904 

From lisa: how do I write a variable expression for word phrase example x less than =
2 or 2 less than p
4 fewer than job please help Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three points on the circumference of a circle 
20070730 

From Bharathi: given a circle with radius r and a point x,y on its circumference,output two other
points x1,y1 and x2,y2 on the circle so thar all 3 points form a equilateral triangle. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Equality of sets 
20070723 

From Mac: Hi, I learnt set theory recently. My teacher and few of the weblink actually give different
definition for basic set. Can you please solve this ?
My teacher says, {1,2,3} and {1,1,2,3} is also set.
But in this link http://library.thinkquest.org/C0126820/setsubset.html it says,
"A set has no duplicate elements. An element is either a member of a set or not. It cannot be in the set twice."
and "{1, 2, 3} is the same as the set {1, 3, 2, 3, 1}"
My question is,
1. Whether duplicates allowed in the set or not ?
2. Even if the duplicates are allowed, {1,2,3} and {1,1,2,2,3,3} are same or not ? Answered by Penny Nom and Harley Weston. 





Splitting the profits unequally 
20070627 

From Maci: We recently hosted a fundraiser.
Not everyone will receive a whole share of the profits
because they did not participate the entire time.
Several will receive only 1/2 or 1/3 share.
How do I divide the profits? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Simultaneous inequalities 
20070618 

From Freddy: Watson Electric has production facilities in Valley Mills, Marlin,and Hillsboro.
Each one produces radios,stereos,and TV sets.
There production capacities are
Valley Mills: 10 radios, 12 stereos, and 6 TV sets per hour
Marlin: 7 radios, 10 stereos, and 8 TV sets per hour
Hillsboro: 5 Radios, 4 Stereos, amid 13 TV sets per hour
QUESTION
How many hours should each plant be scheduled to fill an order of 1095 radios, 1230 stereos,
and 1490 TV sets? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





An inequality 
20070616 

From jerry: Two real numbers a and b satisfy the equation ab=1.
i) Prove that a^6 + 4b^6 >4
ii) Find out whether the inequality a^6 + 4b^6 >4 holds for all a and b such that ab = 1 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Altitudes of scalene triangles 
20070517 

From Chris: Two of the altitudes of a scalene triangle ABC have length 4 and 12.
If the length of the third altitude is also an integer, what is the biggest
that it can be? Answered by J. Chris Fisher. 





A linear system 
20070323 

From Adam: Solve the system by graphing: 4y>6x
3x+2y<6 Answered by Stephen La Rocque and Penny Nom. 





3x > 12 
20070111 

From Jen: In the following inequality, would one flip the inequality symbol?
3x > 12 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





x + 2y < 6 
20070106 

From Mike: I understand solving by graphing, but i am having trouble with the graphing of in equalities. i solved : x + 2y<6 Answered by Penny Nom. 





The proof of inequality by mathematical induction 
20061207 

From Carol: S(n) = 2^n > 10n+7 and n>=10 Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





Linear inequalities 
20061201 

From Susan: how would I graph a linear inequality of y>3. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





2x > 6 and x  4 < 3 
20061127 

From Alyssa: 2x > 6 and x  4 < 3 , i need to know how to solve it and how to graph it. Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





"Less than" and "less than or equal to". 
20061115 

From Ross:
7 ≤ 10 and 7 ≤ 7 are both true statements. How can 7 be equal to 10, and 7 be less than 7? The book doesn't explain WHY! Answered by Penny Nom. 





Inequalities 
20061003 

From Maleeha: a)Use algebra to find the set of values of 'x' for which x(x5)>36.
b)Using your answer to part a, find the set of values 'y' for which y^{2}(y^{2}5)>36 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Can one divide a circle into 4.5 parts 
20060330 

From Chris: If it is possible, can one divide a circle into say, 4.5 parts (with 4 equal parts and a half part)?
Or for that matter, for any integer, n, into n/2 parts as above?] Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





Open dots and closed dots 
20050929 

From Cynthia: When graphing the solutions of an inequality, what is the difference between an open dot and a closed dot? Answered by Penny. 





Graphing a linear inequality 
20050826 

From Gina: When graphing a linear inequality, how do you know if the inequality represents the area above the line? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Which number is greater? 
20050818 

From Dante: Which number is greater: 888....88 X 333...33 or 444.......44 x 666........67 (each of the numbers has 1989 digits)? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Which is larger, 31^11 or 17^14? 
20050529 

From Linda: Which number is greater 31^{11} or 17^{14} (without using
calculator). Answered by Chris Fisher and Paul Betts. 





50^99 and 99! 
20050523 

From Romel: Which number is greater, 50^{99} or 99! Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Graphing an inequality 
20050502 

From Janice: I need to know how to graph inequalities. I need to know just abot everything. From graphing an equation to shading. Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





An inequality 
20050331 

From Ambross: demostrate the following inequality:
2.Sqrt(K+1)2.Sqrt(k)<1/Sqrst(K)<2.Sqrt(K)2.Sqrt(k1)
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Graphing inequalities 
20050215 

From Melanie: Solve and Graph the following variable inequalities:
y<2x+4
y>2x+6
3x+4y<24
4x6y>24 Answered by Penny. 





Square roots and inequalities 
20041025 

From Waheed: Q1. What is the simplest way of finding a square root of any number using just a pen and paper? (I am asking this question because I browsed a few sites a didn't find any method that is simpler than the one I use. so I am just curious.)
Q2. Is it possible that you take an equation and turn it into an inequality by performing same mathematical operations on both sides? Answered by Claude Tardif and Penny Nom. 





Driving me crazy 
20040918 

From Jerry: This is driving me crazy!!! Someone told me of a number that can be divided EQUALLY by each of the following individual numbers: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9. what is that number? Answered by Penny. 





An ineqlality with absolute values 
20040705 

From Uneeza: abs(x^{2}  4x) > 3 Answered by Claude Tardif. 





Solving inequalities 
20040503 

From Joe: Let x be a real number find and graph the solution to the following sentances:
2x10+9
4X+2<15
5X+3>(x1) Answered by Peny Nom. 





Inequalities 
20040108 

From Michael: How do you use inequalities in your job and in your everyday life? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality whose solution is all points 
20031125 

From Katie:
Hi my name is Katie and I am in the 9th grade and I would like help on this question. Is it possible to have a system of inequalities whose solution is all points?
1.I need to know why (explanation)
2.how to do it(example)
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Equal ratios 
20031107 

From A student: In the ratio 3:8=17__, can__be a whole number? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Cathy's Clothing 
20030715 

From Cathy: I am supposed to write a practical and useful word problem that would use the following algebriac inequality to solve it: 12x + 25 > 15x + 10. State the quanity that represents x and solve the inequality. Answered by Penny Nom. 





A fractional inequality 
20030408 

From Jessica: Solve for x. Write in interval notation.
[(x^{2})9]/[x5] >= 0 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Divide a circle in 8 equal pieces 
20030404 

From Naomi: I have to divide a circle in 8 equal pieces but can only cut 3 times can you please help me Answered by Penny Nom. 





y < 2x + 1 
20030301 

From Erika: how can I solve and graph y<2x+1 and which side in the graph should i shade after i finish solving my inequality? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Three algebra problems 
20021013 

From Veronica: Solve the following inequality: 5(xsqured4)/(xto the 5th(2x5)to the 3rd) < or equal 0 Solve the following equations for all roots square root of x+2=1+square root of 2x+3 what's ZERO FACTOR PROPERTY??? The hypotenuse of an isosceles right triangle is 7cm. long. Determine the lenghts of the other sides. Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





< and > 
20020830 

From Kelsey: What is the origin of the greater (>) than and less (<) than signs? Answered by Harley Weston. 





When does an inequality represent the area above the line? 
20020825 

From Tamara: How do you determine that an inequality represents the area above the line and when do you include the line in the solution? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Some inequalities 
20020725 

From A student:
1)5 <= 3X+1 < 1 2)4X2 < 6 OR X+2 > 9 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Inequalities 
20011113 

From Pat: When writing the solution to an inequality, why is the solution written in set notation? {x/ } Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why do you flip the inequality sign? 
20011026 

From Sean: I have a question about an inequality problem. Here it is: Solve and graph 5  3x => 17. (=> is greater than or equal). Please tell me why you flip the inequality sign when divinding by a negative number. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Dividing a circle 
20011017 

From Ahmeen: I am having a hard time figuring out how a circle can be divided into 11 equal parts with only 4 cut allowed? My teacher gave this to us and I still can't cut my pie into eleven equal parts with only four cuts. Answered by Walter Whiteley. 





The triangle inequality 
20010927 

From A student:
__ __ __
Prove that AX + XB = AB for any X on AB.
Answered by Chris fisher. 





A linear inequality 
20010917 

From Eric: How can I solve x + y + x  y< =6? Answered by Penny Nom. 





An inequality involving triangles 
20010612 

From Sandra: The triangle inequality guarantees that the sum of the lengths of two sides of a triangle is greater than the length of the third. As a consequence, if x and y are legs of a right triangle, with x less than or equal to y, and z the hypotenuse, then x + y is greater than z, so x is greater than z  y. Under what circumstances will x is greater than 2(z  y) be true? Answered by Chris Fisher and Penny Nom. 





Two inequalities 
20010212 

From A student: If 3 Answered by Leeanne Boehm. 





Which fraction is greater? 
20010201 

From Carol: Hello My name is Carol I am a student teacher! I am asked to aproach these students on their problems. I am unsure of how to explain to them that these are wrong. Can you help? Thanks. Iris claims that if we have two positive rational numbers, the one with the greatest numerator is the greatest. Shirly claim that if we have two positive rational numbers, the one with the greatest denominator is the least. Thanks! Answered by Claude Tardif. 





A problem with distance 
20010116 

From A student: For what values of a is the distance between P(a, 3) and Q(5, 2a) greater than the square root of 26. Answered by Penny Nom. 





< and > Which one is which? 
20001206 

From Alice: This grandmother forgot and wants to know the correct for greater and the one for lesser..... the two are < and > Which one is which? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Larger and smaller 
20001010 

From Nicole: which one of these arrows < , > points to the greater number? which arrows points to the smaller number. Answered by Penny Nom. 





Inequalities 
20000902 

From Jennifer: I would like some help with equations and inequalities. My first inequality is 3p6>21 and 3q+11+8q>99. Answered by Paul Betts. 





Graphing an inequality 
20000802 

From Lori: How do I find x and y and graph this problem 3x + y < 5 Answered by Penny Nom. 





Why are equivalent fractions equal? 
20000405 

From An elementary student: What is the mathematical reason equivalent fractions are equal? Answered by Penny Nom. 





Inequalities and absolute values 
19991207 

From Austin Cline: Solve for x: The absolute value of x1 is less than or equal to the absolute value of x2 Answered by Harley Weston. 





Cutting a board into 8 equal pieces 
19991021 

From Brittany: Jamie wanted a board cut into 8 equal pieces. The Lucas Lumber Co. charges 60 cents for cutting a board into 4 equal pieces. How much will it charge for cutting Jamie's board? Answered by Claude Tardif. 





62x<4 
19991020 

From Tchilco: Solve 62x<4 Answered by Harley Weston. 





Notation 
19990903 

From Judy Gray: My name is Judy Gray. I guess the level on this would be about middle school, and I am an other!! I've been out of school for alot of years. I have a couple of questions, I guess.  What does an equal (=) with a slash through it mean? I put intersects, but I think I'm wrong.
 What is the symbol of a small n? Only the symbol is wider. Example: If A = {1.2} B = {2,3} then what is A (n) B? Can you make sense out of that?
 What is the equation of the yaxis?
Answered by Penny Nom. 





Standard Deviation 
19990711 

From Anthony Fama: I have seen several answers to this question: If one standard deviation represents 68% of the population, what does two, three, four and five sigma [std deviation] represent? As stated, I have seen several different answers and thus, the impetus for my question. Answered by Harley Weston. 





Reversing the direction of an inequality. 
19990306 

From Mallory White: If the Problem was 4a plus 5 is less than or equal to 14, why would you change the sign to greater than or equal to? Answered by Jack LeSage and Harley Weston. 





Graphing Inequalities of Conic Sections 
19970324 

From James Sheldon: I'm trying to graph Systems of Conic Sections with inequalities, but I'm running into problems on which area to shade: x^2+y^2 is greater than or equal to 16 xy > 4 So I graph these two equations, and then my teacher said to substitute a point into it but I'm still not sure how to do it... Answered by Penny Nom. 





How do you graph these inequalities? 
19960517 

From Robert: How do you graph the inequalities 5+gg, and g+h>6 on one coordinate plane? Answered by Harley Weston and Maxine Stinka. 

