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# If 2|2 –x| = 5, what is the sum of all the possible values

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If 2|2 –x| = 5, what is the sum of all the possible values for x ?

A. 1/2
B. 2
C. 5/2
D. 4
E. 5
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if x<2, then 2-x=5/2; x=-1/2
if x>2 , then x-2=5/2; x=9/2

9/2-1/2=8/2=4
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DelSingh wrote:
If 2|2 –x| = 5, what is the sum of all the possible values for x ?

a.1/2
b.2
c.5/2
d.4
e.5

The given equation can also be written as $$|2-x|=\frac{5}{2},$$ which means that $$x$$ is at distance $$5/2$$ from $$2$$.
One solution is $$2 + 5/2$$, the other one $$2 - 5/2$$.
Their sum gives $$4$$.

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