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ABSOLUTE VALUE - Solving Equations

ABSOLUTE VALUE - Solving Equations

Author: Kate Sidlo

By the end of this tutorial, students will be able to solve absolute value equations with one variable. 

Students will be able to substitute both values back into the original equation to verify they are correct.

This podcast is an introduction to solving absolute value equations with one variable.  Students will use PEMDAS and the balance method to find the two possible solutions to each equation.

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ABSOLUTE VALUE - Solving Equations

This video walks students through solving absolute value equations, finding both possible answers and checking the answer using substitution.

The video lays out four simple steps:

1) Balance to get the absolute value alone
2) Write two equations (one positive absolute value, one negative)
3) Balance the two equations
4) Check your answer

The video works through four examples.

Extraneous Solutions

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ABSOLUTE VALUE: The distance between a number and zero on the number line

EQUATION: A mathematical sentence that shows the relationship between expressions using an equal sign



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