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solve the following inequality. write the answer in interval notation
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Since x^3-4x^2-21x = x(x+3)(x-7)
there are no repeated roots. So, at each root, the graph crosses the x-axis, and the function changes sign.
Starting with large negative x, all 3 factors are negative. So, on the number line, start with - signs and switch at each root:
----- -7 +++++ 0 ----- 3 +++++++
x is in (-oo,-7) U (0,3)