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# Cheat Sheet Absolute Value Equations and Inequalities

Isolate the absolute value before you do anything else. Once the absolute value is alone on one
side of the equal sign, the following apply:
No Solution:
1.
2.
3.
4.

## Absolute Value = negative number

Absolute Value < negative
Absolute Value negative
Absolute Value < 0

## No solution (a positive cant be = a negative)

No solution (a positive cant be < a negative)
No solution (a positive cant be a negative)
No solution (a positive cant be < 0)

One Solution:
1. Absolute Value = 0
2. Absolute Value 0

## Expect one answer - solve stuffing = 0

Expect one solution (treat as Absolute Value = 0)

Two Solutions:
1. Absolute Value = positive number Expect two answers
a. Stuffing = number
b. Stuffing = number
2. Absolute Value < positive number Expect two solutions
a. Stuffing flip arrow negative number (stuffing-flip-neg)
b. Stuffing copy arrow positive number
(stuffing-copy-copy)
3. Absolute Value positive number Expect two solutions
a. Stuffing flip arrow negative number (stuffing-flip-neg)
b. Stuffing copy arrow positive number
(stuffing-copy-copy)
4. Absolute Value > positive number Expect two solutions
a. Stuffing flip arrow negative number (stuffing-flip-neg)
b. Stuffing copy arrow positive number
(stuffing-copy-copy)
5. Absolute Value positive number Expect two solutions
a. Stuffing flip arrow negative number (stuffing-flip-neg)
b. Stuffing copy arrow positive number
(stuffing-copy-copy)
All Real Numbers:
1.
2.
3.
4.

## Absolute Value > negative

Absolute Value negative
Absolute Value > 0
Absolute Value 0

All real numbers
All real numbers
All real numbers

## (positive always > negative)

(positive always negative)
(positive always > zero)
(positive always zero)