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    Function



    f(x)=7

    7=\frac{1}{2}|4x| -1 or -7=\frac{1}{2} |4x| -1

    I tried solving the second one but didn't get it...Please Help!!!
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    Re: Function

    \dfrac{|4x|}{2}-1=7\Leftrightarrow |4x|=16\Leftrightarrow x=\pm 4
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    Re: Function

    Quote Originally Posted by theloser View Post


    f(x)=7

    7=\frac{1}{2}|4x| -1 or -7=\frac{1}{2} |4x| -1

    I tried solving the second one but didn't get it...Please Help!!!
    "The second one"? Do you mean -7= \frac{1}{2}|4x|- 1?
    There is no reason why you should! The problem is to solve f(x)= 7, not f(x)= -7.
    (And, in fact, since it leads to \frac{1}{2}|4x|= -6, there is no x satisfying that equation.)
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    Re: Function

    f(x)=|x+4|
    f(x)=20
    20=|x+4| or -20=|x+4|

    Then how come for this one I should switch the signs?
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    Re: Function

    If |x+4|=20 then, x+4=20 or x+4=-20.
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    Re: Function

    In general:
    If x<0 then |x|=-x
    If x>=0 then  |x|=x

    So that means:
    20=|x+4| \Leftrightarrow 20=x+4
    or
    20=|x+4| \Leftrightarrow 20=-(x+4)

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    Re: Function

    Quote Originally Posted by Siron View Post
    In general:
    If x<0 then |x|=-x
    If x>=0 then  |x|=x

    So that means:
    20=|x+4| \Leftrightarrow 20=x+4
    or
    20=|x+4| \Leftrightarrow 20=-(x+4)

    ...
    This really helped me understand this soo much! Thanks
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