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Example:

Absolute value is the numbers that are a distance,


Solve each equation:
r ,from some central value, c .
1. x  4  5 2. x  2  6

|x-c|=r

3. x  2  3
Note: r must always be a positive number!

Absolute Value Equations


The Steps: Example:
Solve each equation:
1. Isolate the absolute value.
1. x  2  5  2 2. 2 3x  1  9  31
2. Check that there is a solution (r ≥ 0)

3. SPLIT it up & DROP the bars.

4. Finish solving for the variable.

You may have no solutions, 1 solution, or 2 solutions. Example:


When you have a solution, be sure to go back and try it Solve each equation:
in the original problem. 1. x  2  3 x  1 2. 2 x  10  4  1

Check for EXTRANEOUS SOLUTIONS


What is an Absolute
Value?

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How to Solve Absolute Value
Equation

Checking Your Solutions