When graphing an equation like

*y* = 3

*x* − 6 we know that it will be a line. The graph of a linear inequality such as

*y* >= 3

*x* − 6, on the other hand, gives us a region of ordered pair solutions.

Not only do the points on the line satisfy this linear inequality - so does any point in the region that we have shaded. This line is the boundary that separates the plane into two halves - one containing all the solutions and one that does not. Therefore, from the above graph, both (0, 0) and (−2, 4) should solve the inequality.

Use a test point not on the boundary to determine which side of the line to shade when graphing solutions to a linear inequality. Usually the origin is the easiest point to test as long as it is not a point on the boundary.

**Graph the solution set**.

If the test point yields a true statement shade the region that contains it. If the test point yields a false statement shade the opposite side.

When graphing strict inequalities, inequalities without the equal, the points on the line will not satisfy the inequality; hence, we will use a dotted line to indicate this. Otherwise, the steps are the same.

**Graph the solution set**.

**Given the graph determine the missing inequality.**
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