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# Let us refresh modulus that you all hate so much:

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Let us refresh modulus that you all hate so much:

||C–1|+|C||=|C+3|–C
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Hi, Stolyar

I think the only answer is 2, but you are right, I don┬┤t like very much this kind of questions, so I may overlook something.
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There is a need to square both parts, open up all brakets and moduls, and then check each root. I also have 2 only.
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The key to solving this type of problem is to solve a different equation in every important interval. As a hint, I will tell you that the important intervals are -inf to -3, -3 to 0, 0 to 1, 1 to inf.

BTW, have you tried C = -1?
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IMO, you don't need to square anything

The key to solving this type of problem is to try and solve a different equation (without any absvalue signs) in every important interval. As a hint, I will tell you that the important intervals are -inf to -3, -3 to 0, 0 to 1, 1 to inf. . (Note that in each interval, the sign of the expression in each absvalue sign will not change).

BTW, have you tried C = -1?

BTW again, there is no reason for the pair of absvalue signs surrounding the LHS of the equation because the addition of two absolute values will always be non-negative.
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AkamaiBrah wrote:
IMO, you don't need to square anything

The key to solving this type of problem is to try and solve a different equation (without any absvalue signs) in every important interval. As a hint, I will tell you that the important intervals are -inf to -3, -3 to 0, 0 to 1, 1 to inf. . (Note that in each interval, the sign of the expression in each absvalue sign will not change).

BTW, have you tried C = -1?

BTW again, there is no reason for the pair of absvalue signs surrounding the LHS of the equation because the addition of two absolute values will always be non-negative.

sure Akam we know this method, but are too lazy to do all the stuff.
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