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15 May 2010, 12:27
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30 Aug 2010, 15:39
thank you, very useful
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03 Sep 2010, 17:42
Thanks Walker for wonderful explanation. +1 from me.
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15 Sep 2010, 02:58
Can any one explain the below problem once again I didnt understand even thought it was explained in the above posts..

Problem: 1<x<9. What inequality represents this condition?

A. |x|<3
B. |x+5|<4
C. |x-1|<9
D. |-5+x|<4
E. |3+x|<5

Stuck between C & D
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Can any one explain the below problem once again I didnt understand even thought it was explained in the above posts..

Problem: 1<x<9. What inequality represents this condition?

A. |x|<3
B. |x+5|<4
C. |x-1|<9
D. |-5+x|<4
E. |3+x|<5

Stuck between C & D

An easy way to interpret these problems is |x-a|<b means that x is within b units of a or mathematically a-b < x < a+b

So these options mean :
A. 0-3<x<0+3
B. -5-4<x<-5+4
C. 1-9<x<1+9

D. 5-4<x<5+4
E. -3-5<x<-3+5
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15 Sep 2010, 04:15
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ravitejapandiri wrote:
Can any one explain the below problem once again I didnt understand even thought it was explained in the above posts..

Problem: 1<x<9. What inequality represents this condition?

A. |x|<3
B. |x+5|<4
C. |x-1|<9
D. |-5+x|<4
E. |3+x|<5

Stuck between C & D

An easy way to interpret these problems is |x-a|<b means that x is within b units of a or mathematically a-b < x < a+b

So these options mean :
A. 0-3<x<0+3
B. -5-4<x<-5+4
C. 1-9<x<1+9

D. 5-4<x<5+4
E. -3-5<x<-3+5

>>>>Ooops..Thanks dude..U made that look so easy
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15 Sep 2010, 04:37
thanks for bumping this post ; i had not noticed this and just read through the absolute notes by walker!....
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23 Sep 2010, 01:58
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08 Nov 2010, 09:34
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1<x<9. What inequality represents this condition?

A. |x|<3
B. |x+5|<4
C. |x-1|<9
D. |-5+x|<4
E. |3+x|<5

I tried to solve this question by 3 steps method to improve my shaky concepts. Please clarify

A) |X| < 3
Negative: x<0 => -x<0 => x>0
Positive: x>0

solving for new equation
|x|<3 => -x<3 or x>-3
|x|<3 => x<3

This means x lies between -3 and 3 or -3<x<3
Hence it doesn't satisfy our question 1<x<9

B) |X+5| < 4

Negative: (x+5)<0 => x>-5
positive: (x+5) > 0 => x>-5

solving for new equation
-x-5<4 => x>-9
x+5<4 => x< -1

This means x lies between -9 and -1 or -9<x<-1
hence it doesn't satisfy the equation 1<x<9

C) |x-1|<9

Negative: (x-1)<0 => x>1
Positive: (x-1)>0 => x>1

solving for new equation
-x+1<9 => x>-8
x-1<9 => x<8

it means x lies between -8 and 8 or -8<x<8
it doesn't satisfy the equation 1<x<9

D)|-5+x|<4

Negative: (-5+x)<0 => x>5
Positive: (-5+x) >0 => x>5

solving for new equation
-5+x<4 => 5-x<4 => x>1
-5+x<4 => x<9
This means x>1 but less than 9 or 1<x<9
Hence it proved the relation.

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I have ppointed out where you are going wrong :
(final solution you get is correct)

Try using the shortcu method I showed above, it uses the exact same concept as you did, but it is faster

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1<x<9. What inequality represents this condition?

A. |x|<3
B. |x+5|<4
C. |x-1|<9
D. |-5+x|<4
E. |3+x|<5

I tried to solve this question by 3 steps method to improve my shaky concepts. Please clarify

A) |X| < 3
Negative: x<0 => -x<0 => x>0
Positive: x>0

solving for new equation
|x|<3 => -x<3 or x>-3
|x|<3 => x<3

This means x lies between -3 and 3 or -3<x<3
Hence it doesn't satisfy our question 1<x<9

B) |X+5| < 4

Negative: (x+5)<0 => x>-5
positive: (x+5) > 0 => x>-5

solving for new equation
-x-5<4 => x>-9
x+5<4 => x< -1

This means x lies between -9 and -1 or -9<x<-1
hence it doesn't satisfy the equation 1<x<9

C) |x-1|<9

Negative: (x-1)<0 => x>1 This should be x<1
Positive: (x-1)>0 => x>1

solving for new equation
-x+1<9 => x>-8
x-1<9 => x<8 This should be x<10

it means x lies between -8 and 8 or -8<x<8 x between -8 & 10
it doesn't satisfy the equation 1<x<9

D)|-5+x|<4

Negative: (-5+x)<0 => x>5 This should be x<5
Positive: (-5+x) >0 => x>5

solving for new equation
-5+x<4 => 5-x<4 => x>1 This is the case x<5, your final solution is correct, x>1
-5+x<4 => x<9
This means x>1 but less than 9 or 1<x<9
Hence it proved the relation.

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09 Nov 2010, 10:48
Thanks shrouded !! you're right ! The method you mentioned is faster and i'm solving question on that method.
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29 Nov 2010, 21:04
Let’s consider following examples,

Example #1 I am not understanding this example and really struggling with modulus? Can someone please elaborate and explain in further detail? From this post I can't see how I would use this on every modulus problem?
Q.: $$|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|$$. How many solutions does the equation have?
Solution: There are 3 key points here: -8, -3, 4. So we have 4 conditions:

a) $$x < -8$$. $$-(x+3) - (4-x) how did we get -(x+3) here?= -(8+x)$$ --> $$x = -1$$. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-1 is not less than -8)

b) $$-8 \leq x < -3$$. $$-(x+3) - (4-x) = (8+x)$$ --> $$x = -15$$. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-15 is not within (-8,-3) interval.)

c) $$-3 \leq x < 4$$. $$(x+3) - (4-x) = (8+x)$$ --> $$x = 9$$. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-15 is not within (-3,4) interval.)

d) $$x \geq 4$$. $$(x+3) + (4-x) = (8+x)$$ --> $$x = -1$$. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-1 is not more than 4)

I am totally lost with this post and also with other modulus problems I looked up in Gmat club thank you very much for your help in advance!!!!!
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a) $$x < -8$$. $$-(x+3) - (4-x) = -(8+x)$$ --> $$x = -1$$. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-1 is not less than -8)

if x < -8, (x + 3) is always negative. So, modulus is non-negative and we need to change a sign: |x+3| = - (x+3) for x<-8
For example, if x = -10,
|-10+3| = |-7| = 7
-(-10+3) = -(-7) = 7

In other words, |x| = x if x is positive and |x|=-x if x is negative.
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a) $$x < -8$$. $$-(x+3) - (4-x) = -(8+x)$$ --> $$x = -1$$. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-1 is not less than -8)

if x < -8, (x + 3) is always negative. So, modulus is non-negative and we need to change a sign: |x+3| = - (x+3) for x<-8
For example, if x = -10,
|-10+3| = |-7| = 7
-(-10+3) = -(-7) = 7

In other words, |x| = x if x is positive and |x|=-x if x is negative.

Thanks for the explanation Walker. So would this then be correct:

Example #1
Q.: |x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|. How many solutions does the equation have?
Solution: There are 3 key points here: -8, -3, 4. So we have 4 conditions:

a) x < -8. -(x+3) - (4-x) = -(8+x) --> x = -1. |x+3|is always - because x<-8 but l4-xl will always be positive because 4-x= a +, l8+xl will also be negative as well given x<-8

b) -8 \leq x < -3. -(x+3) - (4-x) = (8+x) --> x = -15. on this one lx+3l again can only be negative and l4-xl will be still always be negative but given the range l8+xl may only be postiive hence l8+xl has to be positive or non-negative (o)?

c) -3 \leq x < 4. (x+3) - (4-x) = (8+x) --> x = 9. so on this term first one is positive second term continues to be positive and 3rd term is positive.

d) x \geq 4. (x+3) + (4-x) = (8+x) --> x = -1. on this one first term obviously positive second term is negative therefore the sign changes from - to + so from -(4-x) to +(4-x) since this will always be negative for given x range? And a negative times a negative gets us to a positive?

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Sorry walker one more question on the below as I review this
Thinking of inequality with modulus as a segment at the number line.

For example,
Problem: 1<x<9. What inequality represents this condition?
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A. |x|<3
B. |x+5|<4
C. |x-1|<9
D. |-5+x|<4
E. |3+x|<5
Solution: 10sec. Traditional 3-steps method is too time-consume technique. First of all we find length (9-1)=8 and center (1+8/2=5) of the segment represented by 1<x<9. Now, let’s look at our options. Only B and D has 8/2=4 on the right side and D had left site 0 at x=5. Therefore, answer is D.

Why would be looking for 4 on the right side? shouldn't this be 5 as the midpoint? And why do we want the left side to be 0 at x=5? Id like to understand this a little better

II. Converting inequalities with modulus into range expression.
In many cases, especially in DS problems, it helps avoid silly mistakes.

For example,
|x|<5 is equal to x e (-5,5).
|x+3|>3 is equal to x e (-inf,-6)&(0,+inf)

How did you convert lx+3l>3 into (-inf,-6) and (0,+inf)

Sorry these maybe simple questions but I just want to grasp the concept firmly
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A couple of figures to see what modulus means.

It is quite convenient to remember the definition of modulus. |x| is the distance of x from 0 on the number line.
So if |x| = 1, we are looking for points which are at a distance 1 away from 0.
If |x| < 1, we are looking for points which are at a distance less than 1 away from 0.
If |x| > 1, we are looking for points which are at a distance more than 1 away from 0.
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If |x - 5| < 4, now we are looking for points at a distance less than 4 away from 5.
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