Having my younger son try out Matt Enlow’s algebra inequality problem

I saw an interesting tweet from Matt Enlow earlier today and thought it would be fun to have my younger son try out the problem:

One bit of hesitation I had was that I didn’t know if my son had seen rational functions in school or not, so we started with an overview of the problem just to make sure that he understood it:



In the first video he made some progress on the problem in the case when x > -4. Now we finished up that piece of the problem:



Now he tackled the case when x < -4. This part was not as difficult since we’d done most of the necessary work already:



Finally, we went to the computer to look at a graph of both equations. Here he talks about how these graphs help us see the solution to the original equation:



I liked this problem and was happy that my son was able to work through it. Definitely a nice problem for students learning algebra to think through.

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