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# If |x+2|=4, what is the value of x ?

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If |x+2|=4, what is the value of x ?

(1) x^2 is different from 4
(2) x^2 = 36
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If |x+2|=4, what is the value of x ?

$$|x+2|=4$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$x=-6$$.

(1) x^2 is different from 4 --> $$x^2\neq{4}$$ --> $$x\neq{2}$$ (and $$x\neq{-2}$$), so $$x=-6$$. Sufficient.

(2) x^2 = 36 --> $$x=6$$ or $$x=-6$$, so $$x=-6$$. Sufficient.

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08 Jul 2013, 16:46
If |x+2|=4, what is the value of x ?
x=2, x=-6

(1) x^2 is different from 4
x^2 is different from 4
(The wording is a bit ambiguous, but I take it to mean that x^2 DOESN'T EQUAL 4)
we have two values for x, x=-6 and x=2.
When x=2, then x^2 = 4 which is invalid.
When x=-6 then x^2 = 36 which is valid.
x=6
SUFFICIENT

(2) x^2 = 36
x=-6, x=6
(plug both x values into the stem)
|x+2|=4
|-6+2|=4
|-4|=4
4=4 VALID
|x+2|=4
|6+2|=4
|8|=4
8=4 INVALID

There is only one valid answer for #2.
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