Absolute value inequalities and equations are a bit tricky to work with. There are basically three cases or situations that can arise when working with them. By guessing and checking we can answer the following three questions.
Case 1: | X | = n can be solved using X = -n or X = n.
Case 2: | X | < n can be solved using -n < X < n.
Case 3: | X | > n can be solved using X < -n or X > n.
Use the following steps to solve an absolute value equation or inequality.
Step 1: Isolate the absolute value.
Step 2: Identify the case and apply the appropriate theorem.
Step 3: Solve the resulting equation or inequality.
Step 4: Graph the solution set and express it in interval notation.
Instructional Video: Absolute Value Inequalities