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# I'm having problems w/these

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They're not too hard, but I can't seem to solve correctly.

A) Solve for P2

E = A1P1 + A2P2 + A3P3

I get P2 = -E + A1P1 + A3P3/-A2

B) Solve the equation

abs. value ($$\frac{x-4}{3}$$) + 2 = 4

I start w/two equations:

$$\frac{x-4}{3}$$ + 2 = 4

$$\frac{-x+4}{-3}$$ + 2 = 4

I get 10 = x in both equations.
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22 Nov 2009, 18:23
ggarr wrote:
They're not too hard, but I can't seem to solve correctly.

A) Solve for P2

E = A1P1 + A2P2 + A3P3

I get P2 = -E + A1P1 + A3P3/-A2

I Did not get this one.

ggarr wrote:
B) Solve the equation

abs. value ($$\frac{x-4}{3}$$) + 2 = 4

I start w/two equations:

$$\frac{x-4}{3}$$ + 2 = 4

$$\frac{-x+4}{-3}$$ + 2 = 4

I get 10 = x in both equations.

The second one: (4-x)/3 + 2 = 4

Multiply only numerator not denominator by -ve.

$$\frac{x-4}{3}$$ and $$\frac{-x+4}{-3}$$ are same.
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23 Nov 2009, 00:13
In A, you are moving variables incorrectly.

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A) Solve for P2

E = A1P1 + A2P2 + A3P3

I get P2 = -E + A1P1 + A3P3/-A2

A2P2 = E - A1P1 - A3P3

Then to
$$P2 = \frac{E - A1P1 - A3P3}{A2}$$

It's easier to keep the variable that you are isolating as positive rather than moving it where it would be negative.

With this one: $$|\frac{x-4}{3}| + 2 = 4$$ you do need to separate it into 2 equations, but I think this is where you made the mistake.

We have to simplify it first

$$|\frac{x-4}{3}| + 2 = 4$$

-2 from both sides
$$|\frac{x-4}{3}| = 2$$

now separate into 2 equations

$$\frac{x-4}{3} = 2$$ and $$\frac{x-4}{3} = -2$$

First you get
$$x-4 = 6$$; therefore x = 10

and $$x-4=-6$$ +4 to both sides means x = -2

So the two answers for x are 10 and -2

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