# Solve two step linear inequalities

To solve two step linear inequalities, we have to do the addition or subtraction first using opposite operations, and then use the multiplication or division according to the given equation.
The opposite operation of addition is subtraction and vice versa.
Similarly, the opposite operation of multiplication is division and vice versa.
Note : whenever you multiply or divide both sides of an inequality by a negative number,flip the inequality sign.

## Example to solve two step linear inequalities

Example 1 : 6x + 7 > 4x + 3
Solution: 6x + 7 > 4x + 3
Transpose +7 to other side, we get,
6x > 4x + 3 -7
6x > 4x - 4
Now transpose 4x to left side so that like terms on one side and constants on other side
6x - 4x > -4
2x > -4 divide both side by 2
$\frac{2x}{2} > \frac{-4}{2}$
∴ x > -2

Example 2 : (x + 5) - 7(x -2) $\geq$ 4x + 9
Solution : (x + 5) - 7(x -2) $\geq$ 4x + 9
First, open the parenthesis
x + 5 - 7x + 14 $\geq$ 4x + 9
-6x + 19 $\geq$ 4x + 9
Transpose +19 to other side
-6x $\geq$ 4x + 9 -19
Now transpose 4x to left side so that variable terms on one side and constants on other side
-6x - 4x $\geq$ -10
-10x $\geq$ -10
Divide both side by -10. Dividing by negative number
flip the inequality sign
$\frac{-10x}{-10} \leq \frac{-10}{-10}$
∴ x $\leq$ 1

Example 3: $\frac{3x -4}{2}\geq \frac{x + 1}{4} - 1$
Solution : $\frac{3x -4}{2}\geq \frac{x + 1}{4} - 1$

$\frac{3x -4}{2}\geq \frac{x + 1}{4} - \frac{1}{1}$ ( just 1 means one over one)
First we will simplify the right side. There are subtraction of two fractions so find the LCD of 4 and 1, it will be 4
$\frac{3x -4}{2}\geq \frac{x + 1}{4} - \frac{4}{4}$

$\frac{3x -4}{2}\geq \frac{x + 1 - 4}{4}$

$\frac{3x -4}{2}\geq \frac{x - 3 }{4}$

Since we have fractions on both side , we will cross multiply
4(3x - 4) $\geq$ 2(x -3 )
12x - 16 $\geq$ 2x - 6
12x - 2x $\geq$ - 6 + 16
10x $\geq$ 10
$\frac{10x}{10} \geq \frac{10}{10}$
∴ x $\geq$ 1

Example 4 : $\frac{x + 2}{4} - \frac{x}{5} \geq 3$
Solution : $\frac{x + 2}{4} - \frac{x}{5} \geq 3$
On the left side we have subtraction of two fractions so find the LCD of 4 and 5, it will be 20
$\frac{5(x + 2) - 4x }{20} \geq 3$

$\frac{5x + 10 - 4x }{20} \geq 3$

$\frac{x + 10 }{20} \geq 3$

Now multiply both side by 20

(x + 10 ) $\geq$ 60
∴ x $\geq$ 50