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

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**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.**

Problem 3.3b:

Answer: and *x*=-1

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Solutions:

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Step 1:

Step 2:

The answers are and *x* = -1.

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Step 3:

- Left Side:
- Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation equals the right side of the
original equation when 0.333333 is substituted for, then *x* = 0.333333 is a
valid solution.

Check the solution *x*=-1 by substituting -1 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:

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
-1. This verifies the solutions.

If you would like to review the answer and solution to problem 3.3c, click on solution.

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