Math Help - Absolute Value

1. Absolute Value

Does |x - |y-z|| = |x - y + z|?

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2. Re: Absolute Value

$|x - |y-z|| \ne |x - y + z|$ in general. Example take $x=3, y=1, z=2$ then we have $|3 - |1-2|| = |3-(2-1)|=|3-2+1| \ne |3-1+2|$
Can you say in general under what condition $|x - |y-z|| = |x - y + z|$ true?

3. Re: Absolute Value

Can it be simplified then? Basically, I trying to determine if |x - |y-z|| = ||x-y| -z|

4. Re: Absolute Value

Originally Posted by jzellt
Does |x - |y-z|| = |x - y + z|?

Thanks
Remember that \displaystyle \begin{align*} |X| = X \end{align*} ONLY if \displaystyle \begin{align*} X \geq 0 \end{align*}.

Here you are wanting \displaystyle \begin{align*} \left| x - |y - z| \right| = \left| x - \left( y - z \right) \right| = \left| x - y + z \right| \end{align*}. To do this, you require \displaystyle \begin{align*} y - z \geq 0 \implies y \geq z \end{align*}.

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Disregard this post. It's been a long day...