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November 25th, 2014, 04:48 PM   #1
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need help solving the following question please

just one of the statements (a) – (d) is true

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November 25th, 2014, 07:38 PM   #2
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$$x \gt 3 \implies x^3 - 4x^2 - 7x + 12 \gt x - 3 \implies x^3 - 4x^2 - 8x + 15 \gt 0$$
This is clearly true for large positive $x$ so a) is false.

For b), we look at $$x \lt 3 \implies x^3 - 4x^2 - 7x + 12 \gt 3 - x \implies x^3 - 4x^2 - 6x + 9 \gt 0$$
This is clearly false for large negative $x$, so b) is also false.

The factor theorem tells us that $x=1$ is a root of $x^3 - 4x^2 - 6x + 9$. Now we note that the boundaries given in part c) fall either side of $x=1$ so the inequality can't be true for the whole range given. So c) is also false.

So d) is true.

I would argue that e) was also true because you posted the question here.

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$\displaystyle f(x)=x^3-4x^2-7x+12$

$\displaystyle g(x)=|x-3|$

a) False. f(x) is cubic and g(x) is linear so, at some point, f(x) is greater than g(x).

b) False. If f(x) - g(x) = 0 has only one real root then there is only one (unbounded) interval
over which the inequality holds. If f(x) - g(x) = 0 has three real roots then the inequality holds
over one bounded interval and one unbounded interval, not two unbounded intervals.

c) False. The solution to the inequality must include an unbounded interval.

Hence choice d) is correct.

Note: The domains of the unbounded intervals are specifically described as
(left-bounded and right-unbounded)/left-open or (left-unbounded and right-bounded)/right-open.
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