Algebra 1 : Absolute Value Inequalities

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Example Question #1 : Absolute Value Inequalities

Solve for  :

Possible Answers:

The inequality has no solution.

Correct answer:

The inequality has no solution.

Explanation:

The absolute value of a number must always be nonnegative, so   can never be less than . This means the inequality has no solution.

Example Question #2 : Absolute Value Inequalities

Solve the inequality .

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, we can simplify this inequality by subtracting 7 from both sides. This gives us 

Next, however, we need to make two separate inequalities due to the presence of an absolute value expression. What this inequality actually means is that 

 

and 

(Be careful with the inequality signs here! The second sign must be switched to allow for the effect of absolute value on negative numbers. In other words, the inequality must be greater than  because, after the absolute value is applied, it will be less than 7.) When we solve the two inequalities, we get two solutions: 

 

and 

For the original statement to be true, both of these inequalities must be fulfilled. We're left with a final answer of 


Example Question #3 : Absolute Value Inequalities

Solve the inequality:

Possible Answers:

 (no solution)

Correct answer:

 (no solution)

Explanation:

The inequality compares an absolute value function with a negative integer. Since the absolute value of any real number is greater than or equal to 0, it can never be less than a negative number. Therefore,  can never happen. There is no solution. 

Example Question #3 : Absolute Value Inequalities

Solve this inequality.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Split the inequality into two possible cases as follows, based on the absolute values.

First case:

Second case: 

Let's find the inequality of the first case.

Multiply both sides by x + 6.

Subtract x from both sides, then subtract 3 from both sides.

Divide both sides by 3.

Let's find the inequality of the second case.

Multiply both sides by x + 6.

Simplify.

Add x to both sides, then subtract 3 from both sides.

Divide both sides by 5.

So the range of x-values is   and  .

Example Question #81 : Linear Inequalities

Solve for :

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Solve for positive values by ignoring the absolute value. Solve for negative values by switching the inequality and adding a negative sign to 7.

Example Question #9 : Solving Absolute Value Equations

Give the solution set for the following equation:

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

First, subtract 5 from both sides to get the absolute value expression alone.

Split this into two linear equations:

or 

 

The solution set is 

Example Question #10 : Solving Absolute Value Equations

Solve for  in the inequality below.

Possible Answers:

No solutions

All real numbers

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The absolute value gives two problems to solve. Remember to switch the "less than" to "greater than" when comparing the negative term.

or

Solve each inequality separately by adding to all sides.

or

This can be simplified to the format .

Example Question #82 : Linear Inequalities

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Example Question #5 : Absolute Value Inequalities

Solve the inequality.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Remove the absolute value by setting the term equal to either or . Remember to flip the inequality for the negative term!

Solve each scenario independently by subtracting from both sides.

Example Question #83 : Linear Inequalities

Solve for  :

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The absolute value of any number is nonnegative, so  must always be greater than . Therefore, any value of  makes this a true statement.

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