In this video, we will be learning how to solve compound inequalities. After you finish this lesson, view all of our Algebra 1 lessons and practice problems.

**“And”** inequalities are drawn toward one another

**“Or”** inequalities are drawn away from one another

For Example:

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Solve the inequalities individually first

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## Examples of Solving Compound Inequalities

### Example 1

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Solve the inequalities individually first

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### Example 2

**or**

Solve the inequalities individually first

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## Video-Lesson Transcript

Let’s go over solving compound inequalities.

Compound inequality means we have two inequalities that are associated.

For example:

and

Here we have two constraints for the value of .

Let’s solve the first one first.

Let’s subtract from both sides.

To solve for , let’s divide both sides by .

Now we have

But is not just less than . It should also satisfy the other inequality.

So let’s solve this by first subtracting on both sides.

Now let’s solve for by dividing both sides by .

which we can also write as an improper fraction

If we graph this, draw a number line with the lowest number at and the highest number is .

Since is less than , let’s draw an open circle on number . We also know that , so let’s draw a solid circle on then draw a line between the two points.

So our solution can be written as:

Our next example is written as one long inequality.

So we’ll solve this as a whole at once.

Let’s start off with subtracting from all sides of the inequality.

Now, let’s solve for by dividing the inequality by .

Now we have

Let’s graph the solution by drawing a number line with the lowest number as and the highest number is because is everything between the two.

Let’s draw a solid circle at number to represent the equal sign and an open circle at . Then draw a line in between.

Now, it’s not always the same number.

Let’s have another example

Let’s solve it the same way as above.

Then

So the answer here is

This time our number line starts at and ends with .

The circle on is solid because it has an equal sign and an open circle at .

Let’s move on to another type of compound inequality.

Here we have “or”.

For example:

or

We have to solve this individually.

Let’s start with the one on the left.

Subtract from both sides

To solve for , divide both sides by .

Now let’s solve the other one.

Let’s add on both sides

Let’s solve for by dividing both sides by .

Now our answer is

or

Let’s draw line number with as the lowest number and the highest number is .

We draw an open circle at and draw a line going to the left. Then draw a solid circle at and a line going to the right.

Notice that the lines we drew are opposite of each other.

Because the inequality we have is an “or”. So the numbers between the two are not the answer.

Our answer satisfies one or the other, not both.