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- Jun 27th 2011, 05:13 AM #1

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- Jun 27th 2011, 05:46 AM #2
## Re: |x| + |y| = 4

The graph is here: plot |x| + |y| = 4 - Wolfram|Alpha

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- Jun 27th 2011, 11:23 AM #3

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## Re: |x| + |y| = 4

That's

**not**a question- it is an equation. What do you want to do with it?

If, as mr fantastic suggests, you want to graph it then do what is standard for absolute value: look at positive and negative values.

If both x and y are non-negative, |x|= x, |y|= y so the equation becomes x+ y= 4. If x= 0, y= 4 and if y= 0, x= 4. That is a straight line, in the first quadrant, with endpoints (0, 4) and (4, 0). If x is negative, but y is positive, |x|= -x, |y|= y so the equation becomes -x+ y= 4 or y= x+ 4. When x= 0, y= 4. When y= 0, x= -4. That is a straight line, in the second quadrant, with endpoints (0, 4), (-4, 0). If both x and y are negative, |x|= -x, |y|= -y so the equation becomes -x- y= 4. If x= 0, y= -4 and if y= 0, x= -4. That is a straight line, in the third quadrant, with endpoints (0, -4) and (-4, 0). Finally, if x> 0, y< 0, |x|= x, |y|= -y and the equation becomes x- y= 4 or y= x- 4. If x= 0, y= -4. If y= 0, x= 4. Thatis a straight line, in the fourth quadrant, with endpoints (0, -4), (4, 0).

Putting those all together, the graph is a square with**diagonals**along the x and y axes with vertices (4, 0), (0, 4), (-4, 0), (0, -4).