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    modulus equation

    am trying to solve for x in this equation

    x^2-\mid x \mid - 12 < 0
    \mid x \mid <12-x^2
    \mid x \mid^2  >{(12-x^2})^2 squaring both sides

    i end up with x^4 - 24x^2+144=0 can i get some helf solving for x. that if what i did was correct.
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    Hi

    I suggest you to separate the 2 cases x\leq 0 and x \geq 0

    In the first case you get x^2 + x - 12 < 0

    (x+4)(x-3) < 0

    Find the solutions and take the ones that are \leq 0

    Do the same for the second case and finally join the 2 sets of solutions
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    Quote Originally Posted by sigma1 View Post
    am trying to solve for x in this equation

    x^2-\mid x \mid - 12 < 0
    \mid x \mid <12-x^2
    \mid x \mid^2  >{(12-x^2})^2 squaring both sides

    i end up with x^4 - 24x^2+144=0 can i get some helf solving for x. that if what i did was correct.
    Hi sigma1,

    you need c-ordination here,

    you have made errors with polarity above.

    x^2-|x|-12<0

    If x is positive, this is

    x^2-x-12<0

    (x-4)(x+3)<0

    this is negative if one factor is positive and the other negative.
    If -3<x<4 the left factor is negative and the right one positive.
    But remember, x must be positive here.
    If x>4, they are both positive.
    If x<-3 they are both negative.

    If x is negative, this is

    x^2+x-12<0

    (x-3)(x+4)<0

    This can be evaluated in the same way as above.
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