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

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ISBN 10: 0-32184-874-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-32184-874-1

Chapter 9 - Inequalities and Problem Solving - 9.3 Absolute-Value Equations and Inequalities - 9.3 Exercise Set - Page 599: 42


$x=\left\{ -3,7 \right\}$

Work Step by Step

$\bf{\text{Solution Outline:}}$ Given that $ f(x)=|2x-4| ,$ to find $x$ for which $ f(x)=10 ,$ use substitution. Then use the definition of an absolute value equality. Finally, use the properties of equality to isolate the variable. $\bf{\text{Solution Details:}}$ Replacing $f(x)$ with $ 10 ,$ then \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} f(x)=|2x-4| \\\\ 10=|2x-4| \\\\ |2x-4|=10 .\end{array} Since for any $c\gt0$, $|x|=c$ implies $x=c \text{ or } x=-c,$ the given equation is equivalent to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} 2x-4=10 \\\\\text{OR}\\\\ 2x-4=-10 .\end{array} Solving each equation results to \begin{array}{l}\require{cancel} 2x-4=10 \\\\ 2x=10+4 \\\\ 2x=14 \\\\ x=\dfrac{14}{2} \\\\ x=7 \\\\\text{OR}\\\\ 2x-4=-10 \\\\ 2x=-10+4 \\\\ 2x=-6 \\\\ x=-\dfrac{6}{2} \\\\ x=-3 .\end{array} Hence, $ x=\left\{ -3,7 \right\} .$
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