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Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
17 Jun 2014, 08:16

My questions: if we have 3 points why do we have 4 conditions? Next, for each of the letters (a,b,c,d) how do we know which equation to use and why is the inequality used? For example, for a) we do x = -8, but then how to we know the equation to use is -(x+3) - (4-x) = -(8+x), and how did the negative sign come in front of the -x+3 and why? I have the same type of questions for b,c,d so maybe an answer to a will help

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
17 Jun 2014, 09:07

In the absolute value question, I don't get why the distance between A and X is not explained. There's discussion about Y and A, Y and B, X between A and Y, distance between X and B and Y and B but not A and X , I need a reexplanation, maybe with numbers

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
17 Jun 2014, 19:27

Expert's post

sagnik242 wrote:

My questions: if we have 3 points why do we have 4 conditions? Next, for each of the letters (a,b,c,d) how do we know which equation to use and why is the inequality used? For example, for a) we do x = -8, but then how to we know the equation to use is -(x+3) - (4-x) = -(8+x), and how did the negative sign come in front of the -x+3 and why? I have the same type of questions for b,c,d so maybe an answer to a will help

Plot the 3 points: -8, -3 and 4 on the number line. Now there are 4 distinct regions on the number line: The part that lies to the left of -8, the part that lies between -8 and -3, the part that lies between -3 and 4 and the part that lies to the right of 4.

In each of these regions, each of the absolute value expressions will behave differently.

You should know the definition of absolute value:

|x| = x if x >= 0 |x| = -x if x < 0

Consider the equation: |x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|

What happens in the region which is at the left of -8 say x = -10 x+3 = -10+3 = -7 Since x+3 is negative, |x+3| = -(x + 3)

4-x = 4 - (-10) = 14 Since 4-x is positive, |4 - x| = 4 - x

8 + x = 8 - 10 = -2 Since x+8 is negative, |8+x| = -(8+x)

This is the logic used. Now repeat it for each region. _________________

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
31 Jul 2014, 10:21

i am really confused in case of double/triple modulus. Someone please help me! --> how to open modulus in case of double/triple mod. |x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x| Here origins will be -8, -3 and 4 (I am crystal clear till this point) So we have 4 regions ==> x>4, -3<x<4 , -8<x<-3, and x<-8 I do not understand how to open modulus in these 4 regions? (when to consider positive/negative signs while opening modulus)

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
31 Jul 2014, 10:25

Expert's post

AkshayDavid wrote:

i am really confused in case of double/triple modulus. Someone please help me! --> how to open modulus in case of double/triple mod. |x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x| Here origins will be -8, -3 and 4 (I am crystal clear till this point) So we have 4 regions ==> x>4, -3<x<4 , -8<x<-3, and x<-8 I do not understand how to open modulus in these 4 regions? (when to consider positive/negative signs while opening modulus)

Please go through the thread. This question is extensively discussed there. _________________

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
09 Aug 2014, 11:04

can someone help me with this, |x-1|+|x-3|+|x-5|>=9, the solution that I came up for this was completely different than in the book I am working with. Can someone please tell how to proceed with this inequality. The solution I got was (-infinity,1)U(5,infinity). TIA

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
08 Dec 2014, 08:31

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

If |x- 5| < 4, now we are looking for points at a distance less than 4 away from 5.

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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

OR consider that lx+3l>3 means distance of x from -3 is more than 3. If you go to 3 steps to right from -3, you reach 0. Anything after than is ok. If you go 3 steps to left from -3, you reach -6. Anything to its left is ok.

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I didn't understand the highlighted portion, Could you please explain: 1. How we are getting to positive 5 from -5 inside of the absolute value; then similarly negative 3 from +3 inside of the absolute value? 2. I can work with the more than or less than from the greater or less than sign but how can I get the value next to "from" , inside of the absolute value, to make a number line?

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
08 Dec 2014, 20:09

Expert's post

appleid wrote:

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

If |x- 5| < 4, now we are looking for points at a distance less than 4 away from 5.

Attachment:

Ques2.jpg

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

OR consider that lx+3l>3 means distance of x from -3 is more than 3. If you go to 3 steps to right from -3, you reach 0. Anything after than is ok. If you go 3 steps to left from -3, you reach -6. Anything to its left is ok.

Attachment:

Ques2.jpg

I didn't understand the highlighted portion, Could you please explain: 1. How we are getting to positive 5 from -5 inside of the absolute value; then similarly negative 3 from +3 inside of the absolute value? 2. I can work with the more than or less than from the greater or less than sign but how can I get the value next to "from" , inside of the absolute value, to make a number line?

Re: Math: Absolute value (Modulus) [#permalink]
22 Jan 2015, 07:24

Hello,

There are a few things I don't find clear in the theory about absolute value, and particularly the 3 step method.

1) How do we decide which are the points we are interested in? In this case for example, |x+3| - |4-x|=|8+x|, why are we interested in -8, -3, 4 and not -4? Is it because if we replace -x with 4 the expression becomes zero? So, in this case we are not saying that we need -4, becuase the minus sign is already there in -x? 2) Why are these values ordered like -8, -3, 4? Are they going from the least to the highest? 3) How are we choosing our conditions? So, why are the conditions these: x<-8, -8<x<=-3, -3<=x<=4 and x>=4? Does this have to do with the order of the values, as mentioned in 3 above? Does a negative sign go with a x< and a positive with a x>=? 4) How do we decide how to change the sign while we compute the inequality? E.g, when x<-8, why is it -(x+3) - (4-x) = - (8+x) or when -8<x<=-3 it is -(x+3) - (4-x) = (8+x)?

Thank you.

gmatclubot

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