Elementary and Intermediate Algebra: Concepts & Applications (6th Edition)

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Chapter 9 - Inequalities and Problem Solving - 9.3 Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities - 9.3 Exercise Set: 23

Answer

There is no solution.

Work Step by Step

The absolute value of $x,$ written as $|x|,$ is the distance of $x$ from $0,$ and hence, is always a nonnegative number. Therefore, the left side of the given equation, $ |3x+5|=-8 ,$ is always nonnegative. This is never equal to the expression at the right. Hence, $\text{ there is no solution .}$
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