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# What is the value of |x| ?

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What is the value of |x| ?

(1) x = –|x|
(2) x^2 = 4
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What is the value of |x| ?

(1) x = –|x| --> $$|x|=-x$$ means that $$x\leq{0}$$. Not sufficient.

(2) x^2 = 4 --> $$|x|=2$$ ($$x=2$$ or $$x=-2$$ --> in either case $$|x|=2$$). Sufficient.

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What is the value of |x| ?

(1) x = –|x|
(2) x^2 = 4

We need to determine the value of |x|.

Statement One Alone:

x = -|x|

If x = -|x|, then x must be either zero or negative. However, we still do not have enough information to determine the value of |x|.

Statement Two Alone:

x^2 = 4

If x^2 = 4, then x is either 2 or -2.

If x = 2, then |x| = |2| = 2. If x = -2, then |x| = |-2| = 2. Either way |x| = 2.

Statement two alone is sufficient.

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|x| ~ x^2 hence, its easy to solve
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What is the value of |x| ?

(1) x = –|x|
x + |x| = 0 means that x could be 0 or x <0. INSUFFICIENT!

(2) x^2 = 4
$$\sqrt{x^2}=|x|=2$$. SUFFICIENT!
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