How would I solve the following inequality problem.


My book answer says $s\in (0, \frac32)$ as the final answer but I cannot seem to get that answer.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you share your reasoning? $\endgroup$
    – Alex R.
    Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 3:47
  • $\begingroup$ Well what I did was get s<2s<3 but then I would divide by s and I do not get get how it would lead to zero. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 3:49
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    $\begingroup$ When you have $a < x < b$, that means $a < x$ and $x < b$. Do you see how to solve the problem now? $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 3:53
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We have $$s+1<2s+1<4.$$ This means $2s+1<4$, and in particular, $2s<3$. Dividing by the $2$ gives $s<3/2$. Now, observing on the other hand that we have $s+1<2s+1$, we subtract $s+1$ from both sides and have $0<s$. This gives us a bound on both sides of $s$, i.e., $$0<s<\frac{3}{2}$$ as desired.

  • $\begingroup$ Oh thanks I did not know that. $\endgroup$ Commented Jan 12, 2013 at 3:57

You have 2 inequality in 1

1)$s+1<2s+1$ and


Now,you solve first the inequality 1)



Then, solve the inequality 2)




Then, you have both, $0<s$ and $s<3/2$, namely $0<s<3/2$ and that's the answer in your book


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