# 1.6 Absolute value functions  (Page 5/7)

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Solve $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-2|k-4|\le -6.$

$k\le 1\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ or $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}k\ge 7;\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ in interval notation, this would be $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(-\infty ,1\right]\cup \left[7,\infty \right)$

## Key concepts

• The absolute value function is commonly used to measure distances between points. See [link] .
• Applied problems, such as ranges of possible values, can also be solved using the absolute value function. See [link] .
• The graph of the absolute value function resembles a letter V. It has a corner point at which the graph changes direction. See [link] .
• In an absolute value equation, an unknown variable is the input of an absolute value function.
• If the absolute value of an expression is set equal to a positive number, expect two solutions for the unknown variable. See [link] .
• An absolute value equation may have one solution, two solutions, or no solutions. See [link] .
• An absolute value inequality is similar to an absolute value equation but takes the form It can be solved by determining the boundaries of the solution set and then testing which segments are in the set. See [link] .
• Absolute value inequalities can also be solved graphically. See [link] .

## Verbal

How do you solve an absolute value equation?

Isolate the absolute value term so that the equation is of the form $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}|A|=B.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Form one equation by setting the expression inside the absolute value symbol, $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}A,\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ equal to the expression on the other side of the equation, $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}B.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Form a second equation by setting $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}A\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ equal to the opposite of the expression on the other side of the equation, $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-B.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Solve each equation for the variable.

How can you tell whether an absolute value function has two x -intercepts without graphing the function?

When solving an absolute value function, the isolated absolute value term is equal to a negative number. What does that tell you about the graph of the absolute value function?

The graph of the absolute value function does not cross the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x$ -axis, so the graph is either completely above or completely below the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x$ -axis.

How can you use the graph of an absolute value function to determine the x -values for which the function values are negative?

How do you solve an absolute value inequality algebraically?

First determine the boundary points by finding the solution(s) of the equation. Use the boundary points to form possible solution intervals. Choose a test value in each interval to determine which values satisfy the inequality.

## Algebraic

Describe all numbers $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ that are at a distance of 4 from the number 8. Express this using absolute value notation.

Describe all numbers $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ that are at a distance of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{1}{2}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ from the number −4. Express this using absolute value notation.

$\text{\hspace{0.17em}}|x+4|=\frac{1}{2}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$

Describe the situation in which the distance that point $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is from 10 is at least 15 units. Express this using absolute value notation.

Find all function values $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ such that the distance from $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ to the value 8 is less than 0.03 units. Express this using absolute value notation.

$|f\left(x\right)-8|<0.03$

For the following exercises, solve the equations below and express the answer using set notation.

$|x+3|=9$

$|6-x|=5$

$\left\{1,11\right\}$

$|5x-2|=11$

$|4x-2|=11$

$\left\{\frac{9}{4},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{13}{4}\right\}$

$2|4-x|=7$

$3|5-x|=5$

$\left\{\frac{10}{3},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{20}{3}\right\}$

$3|x+1|-4=5$

$5|x-4|-7=2$

$\left\{\frac{11}{5},\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{29}{5}\right\}$

$0=-|x-3|+2$

$2|x-3|+1=2$

$\left\{\frac{5}{2},\frac{7}{2}\right\}$

$|3x-2|=7$

$|3x-2|=-7$

No solution

$|\frac{1}{2}x-5|=11$

$|\frac{1}{3}x+5|=14$

$\left\{-57,27\right\}$

$-|\frac{1}{3}x+5|+14=0$

For the following exercises, find the x - and y -intercepts of the graphs of each function.

$f\left(x\right)=2|x+1|-10$

$\left(0,-8\right);\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(-6,0\right),\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left(4,0\right)$

$f\left(x\right)=4|x-3|+4$

$f\left(x\right)=-3|x-2|-1$

$\left(0,-7\right);\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ no $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x$ -intercepts

$f\left(x\right)=-2|x+1|+6$

For the following exercises, solve each inequality and write the solution in interval notation.

$|x-2|>10$

$\left(-\infty ,-8\right)\cup \left(12,\infty \right)$

$2|v-7|-4\ge 42$

$|3x-4|\le 8$

$\frac{-4}{3}\le x\le 4$

$|x-4|\ge 8$

$|3x-5|\ge 13$

$\left(-\infty ,-\frac{8}{3}\right]\cup \left[6,\infty \right)$

$|3x-5|\ge -13$

$|\frac{3}{4}x-5|\ge 7$

$\left(-\infty ,-\frac{8}{3}\right]\cup \left[16,\infty \right)$

$|\frac{3}{4}x-5|+1\le 16$

## Graphical

For the following exercises, graph the absolute value function. Plot at least five points by hand for each graph.

$y=|x-1|$

$y=|x+1|$

$y=|x|+1$

For the following exercises, graph the given functions by hand.

$y=|x|-2$

$y=-|x|$

$y=-|x|-2$

$y=-|x-3|-2$

$f\left(x\right)=-|x-1|-2$

$f\left(x\right)=-|x+3|+4$

$f\left(x\right)=2|x+3|+1$

$f\left(x\right)=3|x-2|+3$

$f\left(x\right)=|2x-4|-3$

$f\left(x\right)=|3x+9|+2$

$f\left(x\right)=-|x-1|-3$

$f\left(x\right)=-|x+4|-3$

$f\left(x\right)=\frac{1}{2}|x+4|-3$

## Technology

Use a graphing utility to graph $f\left(x\right)=10|x-2|$ on the viewing window $\left[0,4\right].$ Identify the corresponding range. Show the graph.

range: $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[0,20\right]$

Use a graphing utility to graph $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)=-100|x|+100\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ on the viewing window $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[-5,5\right].\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Identify the corresponding range. Show the graph.

For the following exercises, graph each function using a graphing utility. Specify the viewing window.

$f\left(x\right)=-0.1|0.1\left(0.2-x\right)|+0.3$

$x\text{-}$ intercepts:

$f\left(x\right)=4×{10}^{9}|x-\left(5×{10}^{9}\right)|+2×{10}^{9}$

## Extensions

For the following exercises, solve the inequality.

$|-2x-\frac{2}{3}\left(x+1\right)|+3>-1$

$\left(-\infty ,\infty \right)$

If possible, find all values of $a$ such that there are no $x\text{-}$ intercepts for $f\left(x\right)=2|x+1|+a.$

If possible, find all values of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ such that there are no $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y$ -intercepts for $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x\right)=2|x+1|+a.$

There is no solution for $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}a\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ that will keep the function from having a $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y$ -intercept. The absolute value function always crosses the $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y$ -intercept when $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=0.$

## Real-world applications

Cities A and B are on the same east-west line. Assume that city A is located at the origin. If the distance from city A to city B is at least 100 miles and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ represents the distance from city B to city A, express this using absolute value notation.

The true proportion $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}p\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ of people who give a favorable rating to Congress is 8% with a margin of error of 1.5%. Describe this statement using an absolute value equation.

$|p-0.08|\le 0.015$

Students who score within 18 points of the number 82 will pass a particular test. Write this statement using absolute value notation and use the variable $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ for the score.

A machinist must produce a bearing that is within 0.01 inches of the correct diameter of 5.0 inches. Using $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ as the diameter of the bearing, write this statement using absolute value notation.

$|x-5.0|\le 0.01$

The tolerance for a ball bearing is 0.01. If the true diameter of the bearing is to be 2.0 inches and the measured value of the diameter is $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ inches, express the tolerance using absolute value notation.

The center is at (3,4) a focus is at (3,-1), and the lenght of the major axis is 26
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Am
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