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If y + |y| = 0 which of the following must be true?

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If y + |y| = 0 which of the following must be true?

A. y > 0
B. y >= 0
C. y < 0
D. y <= 0
E. y = 0
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If y + |y| = 0 which of the following must be true?
a. y >0
b. y >= 0
c. y< 0
d. y<= 0
e. y = 0

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\(y+|y|=0\) means either \(y=0\) or \(y<0\) (in this case \(|y|=-y\) and \(y + |y| = 0\) becomes \(y-y= 0\)). So must be true that \(y\leq{0}\).

Answer: D.
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How did u know that y was less than 0?

I am confused on the modules.

Isnt the process of doing these problems is x<0 and X>0?

In this case y + y =0 , 2y=0 , y=0 for x>0

and

y-y=0 , 0=0 , 0 for x<0

I am missing something here. My foundation for understanding these problems is wrong...

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How did u know that y was less than 0?

I am confused on the modules.

Isnt the process of doing these problems is x<0 and X>0?

In this case y + y =0 , 2y=0 , y=0 for x>0

and

y-y=0 , 0=0 , 0 for x<0

I am missing something here. My foundation for understanding these problems is wrong...


You're missing the concept of absolute values. Absolute value is basically, "distance from zero". So |-3|=3, |-2|=2, |2|=2, etc.

Understand this and the problem will seem very simple to you.

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Hi All,

This question is perfect for TESTing VALUES.

We're told that Y + |Y| = 0. We're asked which of the following MUST be true (which means "which of the following is ALWAYS TRUE no matter how many different examples we can come up with?")

The obvious value for Y is 0 (since 0 + |0| = 0)
Eliminate A and C.

Since there are still 3 values remaining, there MUST be other options to consider....

IF....
Y = -1
-1 + |-1| = 0
Eliminate B and E.

There's only one answer left....

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D


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