## Chapter 2 : Day 02: Powers, inequalities and sign diagrams

### By Lund University

You also did square root-stuff in high school. Come on in if you need to review. Focus today will be on powers, inequalities and sign diagrams.

## Powers with rational exponents

This section focuses on powers when the exponents is not necessarily an integer. The main focus is on the case when the exponent is one half which is the square root. We will also look at cube roots and extensions to an arbitrary nth root. From this, we can define a power with an arbitrary rational exponent. It is also important to know which combinations of a base and an exponent is allowed (for example, you cannot take the square root of a negative number if you are working with the real numbers).

## General powers: Problems

Exercises on square roots and powers

## Inequalities and sign diagrams

We begin this section by looking at some terminology related to inequalities, namely reflexivity, anti-symmetry, transitivity and totalness. We then look at sign diagrams, a helpful method for figuring out the sign of an expression containing a variable. The next topic is double inequalities which are useful for specifying a range of real numbers. We also cover the absolute value of a number in this section, mostly because the definition of an absolute value uses inequalities. Finally, we look at intervals, and concepts related to intervals, such as open and closed intervals, unbounded intervals, boundary points and the interior and the closure of an interval.

## Inequalities: Problems

Exercises on inequalities and sign diagrams