Algebra

1. one is an inequality, the other is not. :-)

An equation will have 0,1, or 2 roots.
for example,

(x-3)(x+4) = 0
is true when x=3 or x = -4.

(x-3)(x+4) < 0
is the interval from -4 to 3, where y < 0.

Just as the equation, the inequality may have an interval, or a point for a solution, or no solution at all.

x^2 <= 0 has only x=0 for a solution.
x^2 > 0 will have two intervals for a solution: (-oo,0) U (0,oo)
x^2 < 0 has no real solutions at all

posted by Steve

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