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# Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D,

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Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D, and E on the number line above, which has the greatest absolute value?

(A) A
(B) B
(C) C
(D) D
(E) E

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Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D, and E on the number line below, which has the greatest value?

OA is A. But per the definition of absolute value, to me both A & E are correct answers. Am I missing something here? I finding it hard to believe that OG could have such questions.
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Last edited by Bunuel on 13 Dec 2013, 02:08, edited 2 times in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question, added the OA and moved to PS forum.
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11 May 2008, 09:24
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Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D, and E on the number line below, which has the greatest value?

OA is A. But per the definition of absolute value, to me both A & E are correct answers. Am I missing something here? I finding it hard to believe that OG could have such questions.

Hi, If you look at the diagram carefully you will see that the arrow at E is slightly less that 2 , therefore E<2 while the arrow at A is exactly at -2. abs(-2) =2. The correct answer is A.
Its just a trick Question to see how closely you read the question.
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11 May 2008, 10:20
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sreehari wrote:
Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D, and E on the number line below, which has the greatest value?

OA is A. But per the definition of absolute value, to me both A & E are correct answers. Am I missing something here? I finding it hard to believe that OG could have such questions.

Hi, If you look at the diagram carefully you will see that the arrow at E is slightly less that 2 , therefore E<2 while the arrow at A is exactly at -2. abs(-2) =2. The correct answer is A.
Its just a trick Question to see how closely you read the question.

Good observation, but it's exactly 2 in the book.

It's question# 20 in problem solving section, if anybody would like to take a look at OG's explanation.
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Re: OG11 - Greatest absolute value [#permalink]

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11 May 2008, 11:01
Well OA is A and the arrow is slightly before 2 in OG .
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Re: OG11 - Greatest absolute value [#permalink]

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11 May 2008, 11:10
Nihit wrote:
Well OA is A and the arrow is slightly before 2 in OG .

Come on guys.. this shouldn't be an eye test. I triple checked and don't see the lines off in my book. A is extactly pointing to -2 and E is exactly pointing to 2.

Is there an errata published for OG11?
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11 May 2008, 11:14
Possibly.
Its question 19 in my OG and its the same as the question above.
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12 May 2008, 20:14
I checked in the book E is DEF before the 2, its very clear......
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13 May 2008, 02:45
Based on the attachment, E is just inside the 2 and A is right on -2.

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08 Oct 2011, 09:21
But isn't absolute value always positive? Even if A was the farthest point, -2 becomes 2, correct?
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12 Dec 2013, 23:51
Point E is slightly behind 2. But Point A is at 2 or nearby 2.
Hence A is the right answer
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13 Dec 2013, 02:08

Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D, and E on the number line above, which has the greatest absolute value?

(A) A
(B) B
(C) C
(D) D
(E) E

Since the absolute value of a number indicates the distance of this number from zero, then we need to find a point which is farthest from zero. The farthest point from zero is A.

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