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Definition

The absolute value (or modulus) of a real number x is x's numerical value without regard to its sign. For example, ; ;

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Important properties:

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point in which the expression under modulus equals zero.com/forum/math-absolute-value-modulus-86462.html (2 of 7) [2/21/2010 10:02:42 PM] . To solve/open a modulus. we can rewrite the equation as: . a) Positive: if b) Negative: if . All and all points left are http://gmatclub.Math: Absolute value (Modulus) : GMAT Math Questions and Intellectual Discussions 3-steps approach: General approach to solving equalities and inequalities with absolute value: 1. Open modulus and set conditions. points right are the first conditions second conditions . we can rewrite the equation as: is a key We can also think about conditions like graphics. you need to consider 2 situations to find all roots: ● ● Positive (or rather non-negative) Negative For example.

How many solutions does the equation . Check conditions for each solution: a) b) has to satisfy initial condition has to satisfy initial condition . Example #1 Q. It satisfies. It . Solve new equations: a) b) --> x=5 --> x=-3 3. --> . . 3-steps approach for complex problems Let’s consider following examples. Otherwise.html (3 of 7) [2/21/2010 10:02:42 PM] .: have? Solution: There are 3 key points here: -8.com/forum/math-absolute-value-modulus-86462. Otherwise. . So we have 4 conditions: a) than -8) http://gmatclub. we would have to reject x=-3. satisfies. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-1 is not less . we would have to reject x=5. -3. 4.Math: Absolute value (Modulus) : GMAT Math Questions and Intellectual Discussions 2.

--> . --> .html (4 of 7) [2/21/2010 10:02:42 PM] . What is x? Solution: There are 2 conditions: a) --> or . --> .-3) interval. --> .4) interval.) c) . We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-15 is not within (-8.) d) than 4) (Optional) The following illustration may help you understand how to open modulus at different conditions.xe{ . http://gmatclub. . We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-15 is not within (-3.: .com/forum/math-absolute-value-modulus-86462. We reject the solution because our condition is not satisfied (-1 is not more Answer: 0 Example #2 Q.Math: Absolute value (Modulus) : GMAT Math Questions and Intellectual Discussions b) .

com/forum/math-absolute-value-modulus-86462.html (5 of 7) [2/21/2010 10:02:42 PM] . Problem: 1<x<9. .xe{ . } and both solutions satisfy the condition. Thinking of inequality with modulus as a segment at the number line. --> . often there are shortcuts and tricks that allow you to solve absolute value problems in 10-20 sec. At the same time. I. . |x|<3 B. |x-1|<9 http://gmatclub. |x+5|<4 C. b) --> . Answer: .Math: Absolute value (Modulus) : GMAT Math Questions and Intellectual Discussions } and both solutions satisfy the condition. For example. (Optional) The following illustration may help you understand how to open modulus at different conditions. Tip & Tricks The 3-steps method works in almost all cases. What inequality represents this condition? A.

Converting inequalities with modulus into range expression. let’s look at our options. Traditional 3-steps method is too timeconsume technique. |-5+x|<4 E. For example. it helps avoid silly mistakes. Problem: A<X<Y<B. For example.-6)&(0.5). Therefore. answer is D. Now. First of all we find length (9-1)=8 and center (1+8/2=5) of the segment represented by 1<x<9. Thinking about absolute values as distance between points at the number line. Only B and D has 8/2=4 on the right side and D had left site 0 at x=5. |3+x|<5 Solution: 10sec.+inf) III. II. |x+3|>3 is equal to x e (-inf. especially in DS problems.com/forum/math-absolute-value-modulus-86462. In many cases. Is |A-X| <|X-B|? 1) |Y-A|<|B-Y| Solution: http://gmatclub.Math: Absolute value (Modulus) : GMAT Math Questions and Intellectual Discussions D. |x|<5 is equal to x e (-5.html (6 of 7) [2/21/2010 10:02:42 PM] .

Pitfalls The most typical pitfall is ignoring third step in opening modulus . statement 1 is sufficient.html (7 of 7) [2/21/2010 10:02:42 PM] . http://gmatclub. distance between |X-A| < |Y-A| and at the same time distance between X and B will be larger than that between Y and B (|B-Y|<|BX|).com/forum/math-absolute-value-modulus-86462. Statement 1 means than distance between Y and A is less than Y and B.always check whether your solution satisfies conditions. Because X is between A and Y. Therefore.Math: Absolute value (Modulus) : GMAT Math Questions and Intellectual Discussions We can think about absolute values here as distance between points.

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