Math 101-06

9-13-2017

* [Absolute value equations and inequalities]*

1. Solve for x:

2. Solve for x:

An absolute value can't be negative. The equation has no solutions.

3. Solve for x:

4. Solve for x. Write your answer using either interval notation or inequality notation.

Solve the corresponding equation:

I put -3 and 5 on the number line. Since the absolute value
expression is on the * greater-than*
("open") side of the " ", I shade the
outside intervals:

The solution is or .

In interval notation, this is .

5. Solve for x. Write your answer using either interval notation or inequality notation.

First, solve the helper equation .

I put -12 and 8 on the number line. Since the absolute value
expression is on the * less-than*
("pointy") side of the " ", I shade the
inside interval:

The solution is .

In interval notation, this is .

6. Solve for x. Write your answer using either interval notation or inequality notation.

An absolute value can't be negative. Hence, there are no solutions.

7. Solve for x. Write your answer using either interval notation or inequality notation.

An absolute value is always greater than or equal to 0. So is always greater than a negative number like -5, no matter what x is. Hence, the solution is all real numbers (or , or ).

8. Solve for x. Write your answer using either interval notation or inequality notation.

Solve the corresponding equation:

I put -1 and 6 on the number line. Since the absolute value
expression is on the * less-than*
("pointy") side of the " ", I shade the
inside interval:

The solution is .

In interval notation, this is .

9. Solve for x. Write your answer using either interval notation or inequality notation.

Solve the corresponding equation:

I put -11 and 31 on the number line. Since the absolute value
expression is on the * less-than*
("pointy") side of the " ", I shade the
inside interval:

The solution is .

In interval notation, this is .

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With our thoughts we make the world.* - *The Buddha*

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