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Which values of x are solutions to the inequality |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 ?
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\(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) --> we have two check points -1 and 1 (check point is the value of x for which an absolute value equals to zero) and thus three ranges to check.

If \(x<-1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(-(x+1)-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(x\geq{-1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x<-1\);

If \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(0\leq{2}\) which is true, so for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) given inequality holds true;

If \(x>1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1+x-1\leq{2}\) --> \(x\leq{1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x>1\).

So, finally we have that \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) holds true for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\).

For more check Absolute Value chapter of Math Book: math-absolute-value-modulus-86462.html

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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 00:28
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Which values of x are solutions to the inequality |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 ?
Apart from algebra can we think conceptually to solve this



\(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) --> we have two check points -1 and 1 (check point is the value of x for which an absolute value equals to zero) and thus three ranges to check.

If \(x<-1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(-(x+1)-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(x\geq{-1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x<-1\);

If \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(0\leq{2}\) which is true, so for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) given inequality holds true;

If \(x>1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1+x-1\leq{2}\) --> \(x\leq{1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x>1\).

So, finally we have that \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) holds true for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\).

For more check Absolute Value chapter of Math Book: math-absolute-value-modulus-86462.html

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Dear Bunuel,

what these kind of inequality questions are asking for?
is it the values of X, for which the solution of equation is <=2?
i had been through the link provided and have the same doubt regarding the example 1 -
|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x| -How many solutions does the equation have?
How you have taken "four conditions given"?
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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 22 May 2012, 09:25
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Which values of x are solutions to the inequality |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 ?
Apart from algebra can we think conceptually to solve this



\(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) --> we have two check points -1 and 1 (check point is the value of x for which an absolute value equals to zero) and thus three ranges to check.

If \(x<-1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(-(x+1)-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(x\geq{-1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x<-1\);

If \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(0\leq{2}\) which is true, so for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) given inequality holds true;

If \(x>1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1+x-1\leq{2}\) --> \(x\leq{1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x>1\).

So, finally we have that \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) holds true for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\).

For more check Absolute Value chapter of Math Book: math-absolute-value-modulus-86462.html

Hope it helps.


Dear Bunuel,

what these kind of inequality questions are asking for?
is it the values of X, for which the solution of equation is <=2?
i had been through the link provided and have the same doubt regarding the example 1 -
|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x| -How many solutions does the equation have?
How you have taken "four conditions given"?


The question asks about the range(s) of x for which the given inequality holds true. We have that it holds for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\), for example if x=0 then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) is true but if x is out of this range, say x=3, then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) is NOT true.

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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 00:45
Thankyou Bunuel,
It is asking for range.
i understand,so is in this question "|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x| -How many solutions does the equation have?

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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 05:05
If for the same question, |x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x|, we had to identify for what what value of x will the equation be valid. How would we do that?
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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 05:29
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It is asking for range.
i understand,so is in this question "|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x| -How many solutions does the equation have?

Please can you elaborate on "four conditions given"?

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If for the same question, |x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x|, we had to identify for what what value of x will the equation be valid. How would we do that?




How many solutions does \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) have?

Basically the same here: we have three check points -8, -3 and 4 and thus four ranges to check.

If \(x < -8\) then \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) expands as \(-(x+3)-(4-x)=-(8+x)\) --> \(x = -1\), which is not a valid solution since we are considering \(x < -8\) range and -1 is out of it;

If \(-8\leq{x}\leq{-3}\) then \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) expands as \(-(x+3)-(4-x)=(8+x)\) --> \(x=-15\), which is also not a valid solution since we are considering \(-8\leq{x}\leq{-3}\) range;

If \(-3<x<4\) then \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) expands as \((x+3)-(4-x)=(8+x)\) --> \(x = 9\), which is also not a valid solution since we are considering \(-3<x<4\) range;

If \(x\geq{4}\) then \(|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x|\) expands as \((x+3)+(4-x)=(8+x)\) --> \(x = -1\), which is also not a valid solution since we are considering \(x>4\) range.

So we have that no solution exist for \(|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x|\) (no x can satisfy this equation).

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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 06:29
Inequalities have been quite a nightmare for me.. I understood the overall solution but, based on what do we decide to x<-8 and not x<=-8....?? I know this may be a very basic question, but can you please explain this concept for these ranges. Will be a great help! Thanks in advance.
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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 23 May 2012, 20:03
Hi, Bunuel!
How many solutions does have?




In your solution when you define intervals, how do you define what inequality sign to put? I mean < or> or<=
For example, why the second interval is -8<=x<=-3, why both inequality signs are <=?

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How many solutions does have?

In your solution when you define intervals, how do you define what inequality sign to put? I mean < or> or<=
For example, why the second interval is -8<=x<=-3, why both inequality signs are <=?

Thank you in advance


We should include "check points" (-8, -3, and 4) in either of the ranges but it really doesn't matter in which one. So, for example we could have written:
If \(x\leq{-8}\) ...
If \(-8<x<-3\) ...
If \(-3\leq{x}<\leq{4}\) ...
If \(x>4\) ...

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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 24 May 2012, 01:52
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How many solutions does \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) have?

Basically the same here: we have three check points -8, -3 and 4 and thus four ranges to check.

If \(x < -8\) then \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) expands as \(-(x+3)-(4-x)=-(8+x)\) --> \(x = -1\), which is not a valid solution since we are considering \(x < -8\) range and -1 is out of it;

If \(-8\leq{x}\leq{-3}\) then \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) expands as \(-(x+3)-(4-x)=(8+x)\) --> \(x=-15\), which is also not a valid solution since we are considering \(-8\leq{x}\leq{-3}\) range;

If \(-3<x<4\) then \(|x+3| - |4-x| = |8+x|\) expands as \((x+3)-(4-x)=(8+x)\) --> \(x = 9\), which is also not a valid solution since we are considering \(-3<x<4\) range;

If \(x\geq{4}\) then \(|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x|\) expands as \((x+3)+(4-x)=(8+x)\) --> \(x = -1\), which is also not a valid solution since we are considering \(x>4\) range.

So we have that no solution exist for \(|x+3|-|4-x|=|8+x|\) (no x can satisfy this equation).

Hope it's clear.



The implicit understanding is that when a equation for a range is simplified and they contradict the basic premises of the considered range then the range is not considered as the solution.
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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 23 Nov 2012, 23:18
Hi Bunnel,

I follow all your solutions. Really great!!!. Thanks for taking time to answer us.
I read the anwer explanations for the ques above. But still I am little unclear. Please help me.

I know |x-1| = 4 can be written as (x-1) = 4 and -(x-1) = 4. Fine.

But for the Ques |x+3| - |4-x| = |x+8|
I understand the key points are -8, -3, 4

For x<= - 8, First how did you take the condition -(x+3)-(4-x)=-(8+x) ?
Why not (x+3)-(4-x) = (x+8) or (x+3)+(4-x) = (8+x)?

And why x <= -8 is tested as condition? why not x >= -8.

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Re: Which values of x are solutions |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 [#permalink] New post 14 May 2015, 11:00
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Which values of x are solutions to the inequality |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 ?
Apart from algebra can we think conceptually to solve this



\(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) --> we have two check points -1 and 1 (check point is the value of x for which an absolute value equals to zero) and thus three ranges to check.

If \(x<-1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(-(x+1)-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(x\geq{-1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x<-1\);

If \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1-(x-1)\leq{2}\) --> \(0\leq{2}\) which is true, so for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\) given inequality holds true;

If \(x>1\) then \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) expands as \(x+1+x-1\leq{2}\) --> \(x\leq{1}\), not a valid range since we are considering \(x>1\).

So, finally we have that \(|x + 1|+|x - 1|\leq{2}\) holds true for \(-1\leq{x}\leq{1}\).

For more check Absolute Value chapter of Math Book: math-absolute-value-modulus-86462.html

Hope it helps.


Hi Bunuel,

Should the ranges for checking be:

a) x < -1
b) -1 =< x < 1
c) x >= 1
?

Have you consciously altered the position of the greater than or equal and less than or equal signs for the three ranges because it would make no difference?

Hope my question is clear.

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Which values of x are solutions to the inequality |x + 1| + |x - 1| <= 2 ?
Apart from algebra can we think conceptually to solve this


You can solve this question using the number line approach too.

"Distance of x from -1" + "Distance of x from 1" <= 2


----------(-2)-----(-1)-----0-----(1)-----(2)--------

Note that distance between -1 and 1 is 2 so whenever x is between these two values, the sum of distance from -1 and 1 will be 2

----------(-2)-----(-1)---x--0-----(1)-----(2)--------

Hence all values between -1 and 1 (inclusive) will satisfy this condition.

When you go to the right of 1 or left of -1, the sum of distances from -1 and 1 will exceed 2. So the only range that satisfies the inequality is
-1 <= x <= 1
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