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

Note:

• if and only if

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

• if any only if a + b = + (x + y) or a + b = - (x + y)

Solve for x in the following equation.

Example 3:

Either or

Step 1: Solve the equation

Step 2: Solve the equation

Step 3: Check the solution x = -0.3 by substituting -0.3 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 after we substituted the value - 0.3 for, the solution x = -0.3 is valid.

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 after we substituted the value for, the solution is valid.

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 x = -0.3 and

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