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Posted by **Alex** on Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 11:38pm.

(x-1)(x+2)

I know the answer is : x<-2, x>1

please show me the steps on how to solve this math problem.

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**Steve**, Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 11:59pmto have the product be positive, either both factors are negative, or both are positive.

Both negative:

x-1 < 0 AND x+2 < 0

x < 1 AND x < -2

==> x < -2

Both positive:

x-1 > 0 AND x+2 > 0

x > 1 AND x > -2

==> x > 1

or, you can consider what you know about polynomials. If there are no repeated roots, then the graph crosses the x-axis at various points. In between those points, the function does not change sign. When crossing the axis, the function changes sign.

So, consider x very large negative. Both factors are negative, so the product is positive. Each time it crosses the x-axis (at one of the roots), it changes sign. So, looking at the number line, and marking + or -, we start way out on the left with +, and change sign at each root:

++++++ -2 ----- 1 +++++++

Repeated roots modify this algorithm some, as the graph may just touch the axis and not change sign.

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