Common Algebra Mistakes
Example: Solving a Linear Inequality

The Goal

Solve the following inequality for n (assumed to be positive):


The Mistake

Find the algebra mistake:


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The Correction


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An Explanation

There are two issues. First, when the reciprocal is taken the inequality reverses. Second, the reciprocal of 10-6 is 106, since 10-6 is 1/106.

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