# Thread: Modulus function (Algebraic method)

1. ## Modulus function (Algebraic method)

Solve $|\frac{1}{a}|<1$, $a$ is a non-zero constant.

I solved this using graphical method and the answer is $a>1$ or $a<-1$ but I tried using the algebraic method and didn't got the same answer!

$|\frac{1}{a}|<1$

$-1<\frac{1}{a}<1$

$-1

What is wrong with my workings?

2. ## Re: Modulus function (Algebraic method)

Originally Posted by Punch
Solve $|\frac{1}{a}|<1$, $a$ is a non-zero constant.

I solved this using graphical method and the answer is $a>1$ or $a<-1$ but I tried using the algebraic method and didn't got the same answer!

$|\frac{1}{a}|<1$

$-1<\frac{1}{a}<1$

$-1

What is wrong with my workings?
$\left|\frac{1}{a}\right|< 1 \Rightarrow \frac{|1|}{|a|} < 1 \Rightarrow |1|<|a| \Rightarrow |a| > 1$