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A quadratic inequality is a lot like a quadratic equation, except that the equals sign is replaced by less than (<), greater than (>), less than or equal to () or greater than or equal to (). For example:

4 Â· x2 - 2 Â· x + 3 19.

When you solve a quadratic inequality, the idea is to re-arrange the inequality to make x the subject. Unlike solving an equation, when you solve a quadratic inequality, you can get one interval of x-values as your solution, or you can get two intervals of x-values as your solution.

## Preliminary Steps in Solving a Quadratic Inequality

When the coefficient of x2 (i.e. the number represented by a) is positive, quadratic inequalities are much easier to solve if they are in one of the four forms:

a Â· x2 + b Â· x + c > 0

a Â· x2 + b Â· x + c < 0

a Â· x2 + b Â· x + c 0

a Â· x2 + b Â· x + c 0

where b and c are numbers that might be positive, negative or zero. The truly important things about these forms are:

Â· One side of the inequality has been reduced to zero.

Before you begin solving the quadratic inequality, it is a good idea to manipulate the inequality so that that it is one of the four forms listed above.