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Modulus function (working out coordinates)

Lets say you have $y = -|3x - 1|$ when working out where it cuts the axis, particularly the x-coordinate you do the following when $y = 0, 3x - 1 = 0$ therefore $x = 1/3 $ the modulus and the ...
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Solving absolute inequality

I have the following inequality: $$|4 - k^2| > |10 + 13k|$$ So how to solve this ?
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Finding the minimum value of a sum [closed]

Let $x,y,z$ be real numbers . Find the real number $a$ so that $S$ has a minimum value , where $$S=|x-a|+|y-a|+|z-a| .$$
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Does the absolute value of +3 lose its positive direction yet have its positive value? [closed]

We have no sigh with the absolute value of +3, yet its value is positive.(Wikipedia) Does this mean that the absolute value doesn’t have its positive direction (+3 is located on positive direction ...
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$|2- (\sqrt{n^2+4n} - n)| ≥ \frac{1}{10}$

Any suggestions how to solve the following equation: $|2- \sqrt{n^2+4n} + n| ≥ \frac{1}{10}$ Thank you in advance.
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Sketching a set of complex numbers and deducing the value of $|z +1 - i|$ for such numbers

The point $P$ represents the complex number $z$. a) Given that $\arg(\frac{z-2i}{z+2}) = \frac{\pi}{2}$ , sketch the locus of $P$. Ok so I've sketched this and this is what it looks like : b) ...
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Evaluating the following integral: $ \int \frac{x^2}{\sqrt{x^2 - 1}} \text{ d}x$

For this indefinite integral, I decided to use the substitution $x = \cosh u$ and I've ended up with a $| \sinh u |$ term in the denominator which I'm unsure about dealing with: $$\int ...
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Maximal distance between points on a line

Two points A and B are on different sides of a line. Find a point Y on the line such that the absolute value of the difference from Y to A and Y to B is maximal. My thoughts are as follows. Let's ...
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Integral of absolute value = absolute value of the integral

Let $(a,b) \in \mathbb{R}^2$ and $f \in C^0([a, b] , \mathbb{C})$ Find the condition on $f$ so that $$|\int_a^b f|=\int_a^b|f|$$ My try : The function $f: t \mapsto r(t)\exp(i\theta)$ where $r$ is a ...
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Calculate $\displaystyle \lim_{x \to \frac{3}{2}} \frac{2x^2-3x}{|2x-3|}$

I know that $\displaystyle \lim_{x \to \frac{3}{2}} \frac{2x^2-3x}{|2x-3|}$ does not exist, because the lateral limits are different and I also know that the absolute value on the denominator has ...
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Simple question about the range of possible values for a function

So we have $2 |3-x| + 5 = k$, where $k$ is a constant. Provided this equation has two real solutions for $x$, what is the range of possible values for $k$?
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Solving $|\frac{x+1}{x}|< 1$

I need some help/suggestions solving the following math problem. I don't know how to continue from step 2. Find x. 1.) $\displaystyle\left|\frac{x+1}{x}\right|< 1$ 2.) ...
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Linear Programming : Alternative to summation of absolutes in constraints

I am solving a placement problem, i.e. map $integers\ i\ from\ 0\ to\ 6$ to $(x_i,y_i)\ st\ 1 \le x_i,y_i\le 3$ such that : $ \sum\limits_{i=0}^6 \sum\limits_{j=0}^6 Cost(i,j)*(|x_i - x_j | + | y_i ...
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$x \ge |a| \leftrightarrow x \ge a \land x \ge -a $?

$x \ge |a| \leftrightarrow x \ge a \land x \ge -a $ ? WTS $x \ge |a| \rightarrow x \ge a \land x \ge -a $     Since $|a| > -a$ then we have $x \ge -a$ ...
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Absolutet Value Inequality with cases number line

I was wondering if anyone knows how to solve $|ax+b|<cx+d$ type questions by using cases and the number line to finish. I am personally struggling with the number line, I have half-finished a ...
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Inequality for absolute values

How do you show either of the equivalent inequalities: $$2(|a|+|b|+|c|)\leq |a+b+c|+|a+b-c|+|a-b+c|+|a-b-c|$$ or $$|x+y|+|x+z|+|y+z|\leq |x|+|y|+|z|+|x+y+z|$$ Hold for complex numbers or in $n$ ...
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Cumulative distribution function of a model similar to the multinominal distribution

I would like to solve a problem similar to the multinominal distribution (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multinomial_distribution): For k independent trials each of which leads to a success for ...
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$5-3|x-6|\leq 3x -7$

I have this inequation: $$5-3|x-6|\leq 3x -7$$ i solved this this way: i said, for $x\geq6$ is the modulus positive, so I made 2 cases in which the modulus gives + or - : 1) for $x\geq6$ ...
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Quadratic inequality with absolute values

I've decided to study calculus on my own, and I've started working on "A First Course in Calculus" by Serge Lang, 5th edition. Now I'm just reading the chapter on preliminaries, and there is a section ...
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Need help with this absolute value equation

I need to solve the following equation involving absolute value: $$|x-1| = 1-x$$ Looking at the term $x-1$, I thought I'd divide the interval into parts: $x < 1$ and $x \geq 1$. Now, when ...
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Why can't absolute values be expressed with negative numbers. [closed]

The answer to this question seems obvious. 'An absolute value expresses the quantity of ones between any number and 0'. But does that mean it must be positive? I took a shot at answering my ...
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Finding best fitted value for power function. please help!

I need to find: 1. the best fitted value for $a$ in the power function 2. the best fitted value for $b$ in the power function Data given: I know that $b=bi$ and $a=e^{bo}$ --> my question is how ...
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What's the best method to graph the following function by hand…

Here in my exercise I have to study the function and draw its graph. Can you please tell me what's the best method to do this, because I don't think that's reasonable to use the input output method, ...
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Basic question about solving modulus equation

It common in the literature to solve the modulus equation like $|x+5|+|x-1|=8$ by dividing into cases when $x<-5$, $-5\leq x<1$ and $x\geq1$. My question is whether dividing into cases is ...
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Absolute values don't work

I don't understand, how absolute valued could possibly be considered well defined. As shown here, $|a| = |-a| , ||a|| = |-|a||$ So lets take $a=-2, |a| = -2 = |-a|,$ but $|-a| = |2| = 2$ But it ...
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Suppose f(x) is an odd function. Prove that g(x) = |f(x)| is an even function.

Suppose f(x) is an odd function. Prove that g(x) = |f(x)| is an even function. I understand that an odd function is where f(-x) = -f(x), and an even function is where f(-x) = f(x), but am struggling ...
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Absolute values nested multiple times

Is there any algorithm to quickly determine "zero points" (i.e. points with undefined derivation) of absolute values functions which are nested multiple times? I do know, that any part of this ...
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no. of positive integral solutions of ||x - 1| - 2| + x = 3

What are the no. of positive integral solutions of ||x - 1| - 2| + x = 3 ? My effort ||x - 1| - 2| = 3 - x |x - 1| - 2 = 3 - x OR |x - 1| - 2 = x - 3 |x - 1| = 5 - x OR |x - 1| = x ...
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Absolute value being an odd function

Correct me if I am wrong, but I learned that for a function to be symmetrical to the origin, it can be rotated 180 degrees and still appear the same. How is ${x^2 - y^2 = 0}$ an odd function if when ...
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Integral of The Absolute Value of x

$$ \int_{1}^4|x|dx $$ I know how to take the integral of a more complex function (like f(x)= |x+2|) but I don't understand what to do if it's just the absolute value of x. If the lowest number is 1 ...
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Definition of absolute value

If ${f(x) = \sqrt{x^2}}$, then f(x) can also be expressed as: C. ${|x|}$ D. $ \pm x$ I thought the answer was D, but it's C. Couldn't it be both?
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Absolute extrema of a multivariable function bounded by an ellipse

I have a function $f(x,y) = 2x + x^2 + y^2$ bounded by the ellipse $x^2 + 4y^2 \leq 24$ I know how to determine the extrema within the ellipse by getting the partial derivatives and setting them to ...
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Find the minimum value of this expression with absolute values

The expression is $$|x-3| + |x-1| + |x| + |x+2| + |x+4|$$ I know that the minimum values for this expression is when x = 0 but is there any algebraic way to find this out? I did it on the ...
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Find the value of parameter $m$ such that the equation has real solutions…

For which values of real parameter "m" the equation:$$\sqrt3*|\tan x+\cot x|=4m$$ has real solutions? My only thought is that $m\gt 0$ because the right part of the equation is an absolute value which ...
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Find how many solutions has the following equation…

Determine how many real solutions has the following equation: $$x^2(|x|-6)=-15$$ I noticed that $|x|-6$ should be negative because $x^2$ is always a positive value. Thus, $x\in(-6;6)$. I made a ...
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Prove that $|x+y| \leq |x|+|y|$ [duplicate]

How to Prove the triangle inequality which says for all x (no matter how big or small) and for all y (no matter its size) in the set of irrational+rational numbers, this holds: $|x+y| \leq |x|+|y|$
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Solve the equation given below…

I have such an exercise: $$\color{teal}{{|x|\over{x}}\sin^2x-\cos|x|\cos x=1} $$ What I did is so: If $x\ge 0$ then we have: $$\sin^2x-\cos^2x=1$$ $$\sin^2x=1$$ So: $$\sin x=1$$ or $$\sin ...
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Proving something about $|f(x)|$ when the lim of $f(x)/x^2$ is known

I've been trying to crack this issue for 2 days and I got pretty much nothing Given that $f$ is a continuous function and the following limits exists and are finite: $$ (1) ...
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Solve $z^2 - iz = |z - i|$

I have the equation: $z^2 - iz = |z - i|$ The solutions are $i$, $-\sqrt3/2 + i/2$, $\sqrt3/2 + i/2$ Can someone please walk me through or give me a hint...
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Trying to differentte $\ln(|2+f(x)|)=2+e^{x*x}$

I am trying to solve this differential $\ln(|2+f(x)|)=2+e^{x*x}$ so far I did this much; $$ \ln(|2+f(x)|)=2+e^{x*x}\\ |2+f(x)|=e^{2+e^{x*x}}\\ \text{now I have two situations/solutions, because of ...
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Proving uniform continuity of absolute value

Prove that the function $f(x) = |x-a| - |x-b|$ is uniformly continuous on $\mathbb{R}$.
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Modulus Inequality

Solve the inequality $$2|x-3| > |3x+1|$$ Is sketching the only way I can solve ALL modulus equations and inequalities? Does an algebraic technique work for all modulus equations and inequalities?
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Solve $2\sqrt{(x-1)(x+2)}\ge|x+1|-2$

Can you please show me how can I solve this inequality. I would like to see how it can be done without the graph of the functions. Thank you! $$2\sqrt{(x-1)(x+2)}\ge|x+1|-2$$
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Solve the following inequality…

Can you please verify if I've done this exercise correctly, and if you have a better solution, please, show it to me. Thank you! (The exercise is in the left top corner.)
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Triangle inequality frobenius norm

I'm trying to show that the frobenius norm is a norm. however it appears as if triangle inequality isnt met. $$||A+B||_F = \sqrt{\sum_{i,j=1}^n |a_{ij}+b_{ij}|^2} \leq \sqrt{\sum_{i,j=1}^n ...
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Equivalent form not using absolute values

Looking at the solution of Trench´s Introduction to Real Analysis exercises, I am struggling with this: Write the following expression in equivalent form not involving absolute values: $a + b + 2c + ...
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Simple proof explanation - Possibly triangle inequality involved

I'd like some help with understanding the following statements...I saw it on the internet while searching for a proof, and I'd like to understand why its true: let $A$ be a diagonally dominant matrix ...
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Help determining if an equation is a function of x

Graph: ${y\over|y|}={x\over|x|}$ ${\lfloor x \rfloor \lfloor y \rfloor = 1}$ Determine if each graph represents a function of x and explain your answer. I've never seen anything like the before ...
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Periodic absolute value function

Define $$h(x)=|x|$$ on the interval $[-1,1]$ and extend the defintion of $h$ to all of $\mathbb{R}$ by requiring that $h(x+2)=h(x)$. Now define the function: $$h_n (x)=\frac{1}{2^n} h(2^n x)$$ ...
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Solving inequalities with absolute values

This is the question: $$ \left| \frac{x+2}{3(x-1)} \right| \leq \frac{2}{3} $$ And this is my working out, first I squared both the numerator and denominator, then solved it as if it was a normal ...