Algebra 3_8a - Solving Absolute Value Equations

Provide the value for x in the solution boxes. Put the higher value in the first box. If impossible, put -1 in BOTH solution boxes. See notes at the bottom of the page.

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|7| is 7

|-7| is 7

Absolute value is ALWAYS a positive number because it represents the distance from zero on a number line

|x|=2 by dividing by 2
which means x is 2 OR -2.

This is impossible. |x|=-5. Absolute value cannot be negative. If you get such an answer indicate it does not have a solution by putting -1 in BOTH solution boxes. This is not the answer, it simply indicates you know it is not possible.