When solving an absolute value, for example 2|x+3| = 24 is it okay to distribute the 2 (2x+6 = 24) and then set up your two cases or is the only correct way to divide by 2 (x+3=12) and then set up your cases? I use the distribution method in my class but my teacher told us to use the division method so I asked her if distribution was okay and she said she didn't know.