You can distribute only nonnegative numbers into absolute values. With , you can distribute the but the negative sign must stay outside.
OK...so something doesn't seem right when I distribute a positive number versus a negative number into an absolute value. Can someone please explain this to me.
For example...it was a couple of inequality problems that caught my attention on this:
-2 abs(3x - 4) < 16
versus
3 abs(2x + 5) > 9
I don't think you can distribute a negative into absolute value...or can you? Please help!
So what do you do with the negative outside of the parentheses if you leave it there? Can someone show me an example or a place on the web where it explains this. It would be nice if I could at least see the first example I posted worked out...
Anyone???
OK...so I guess that was a bad example to use for me to understand exactly how to do this. Can you post a few examples or rules that I can follow and learn? Anyone?!?!
-2 abs(x + 5)
-5 abs (-x - 6)
-7 abs (x - 2)
Do the rules change if the above examples were equations or inequalities?