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# Linear Inequality

## Definition of Linear Inequality

A Linear Inequality involves a linear expression in two variables by using any of the relational symbols such as <,>, ≤ or ≥

• A linear inequality divides a plane into two parts.
• If the boundary line is solid, then the linear inequality must be either ≥ or ≤.
• If the boundary line is dotted, then the linear inequality must be either > or <>

### Video Examples: Solving Linear Inequalities

• As the boundary line in the above graph is a solid line, the inequality must be either ≥ or ≤.
Since the region below the line is shaded, the inequality should be ≤.
We can notice that the line y = - 2x + 4 is included in the graph; therefore, the inequality is y = - 2x + 4. Any point in the shaded plane is a solution and even the points that fall on the line are also solutions to the inequality.
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A. Graph 1
B. Graph 2
C. Graph 3
D. Graph 4

### Solution:

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