Algebra 2 (1st Edition)

Published by McDougal Littell
ISBN 10: 0618595414
ISBN 13: 978-0-61859-541-9

Chapter 7 Exponential and Logarithmic Functions - 7.3 Use Functions Involving e - 7.3 Exercises - Mixed Review - Page 498: 64


$$x=-11\quad \mathrm{or}\quad \:x=-\frac{1}{3}$$

Work Step by Step

Since the value inside the absolute value can be positive or negative, we must consider both options. Doing this, we find: $$\left|3x+17\right|=16\\ 3x+17=-16\quad \mathrm{or}\quad \:3x+17=16\\ x=-11\quad \mathrm{or}\quad \:x=-\frac{1}{3}$$
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