Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0-13446-914-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-13446-914-0

Chapter P - Review Exercises - Page 142: 11



Work Step by Step

The absolute value of a negative number is the number, negated. Since $3-\sqrt{17}$ is negative, $|3-\sqrt{17}|=-(3-\sqrt{17})=\sqrt{17}-3$.
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