# Algebra: Solving Basic Inequalities

## Solving Basic Inequalities

Most of the inequalities you'll see in algebra will contain variables; although a statement like 1 < 7 is easy enough to prove correct, it's really not all that intellectually stimulating or interesting. Instead, you'll be asked to solve an inequality statement like -5*x* + 3 > -32. Basically, your job will be to find the values of *x* that make that statement true. It's pretty much the same objective you had when solving equations, except in the world of inequalities, there are lots of solutions, not just one.

Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Algebra © 2004 by W. Michael Kelley. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with **Alpha Books**, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

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