#### SOLVING EQUATIONS CONTAINING ABSOLUTE VALUE(S)

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** if and only if ***a*+*b*=3 or *a*+*b*=-3

** Step 1:Isolate the absolute value expression.
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** Step 2:Set the quantity inside the absolute value notation
equal to + and - the quantity on the other side of the equation.
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** Step 3:Solve for the unknown in both equations.
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** Step 4:Check your answer analytically or graphically.
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**Solve for x in the following equation.**

Problem 3.1b:

Step 1:The absolute value is already isolated.

Step 2:Set the quantity within the absolute value notation to

Step 3:Solve for x in the equation 3 :

Solve for x in the equation :

The answers are and .

Step 4:Check the solutions.

x = by substituting in the original equation
for x. If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the
equation after the substitution, you have found the correct answer.

- Left Side:

- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation equals the right side of the
original equation after we substituted for x, this confirms
that is a valid solution.

Check the solution x = by substituting in the
original equation for x. If the left side of the equation equals the right
side of the equation after the substitution, you have found the correct
answer.

- Left Side:

- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation equals the right side of the
original equation after we substituted for x, this confirms
that is a valid solution.

You can also check your answer by
graphing (the left side of the
original equation minus the right side of the original equation). You will
note that the two x-intercepts on the graph are located at
and

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