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Limit-related inequalities with absolute values

Recently I decided to learn calculus on my own and I stumbled across something which I cannot figure why is correct. Let $f$ be some function for which you know only that if $0<|x-3|<1$, then ...
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Is an absolute value acting on complex numbers a linear operator?

I just have to prove that it isn't with O(A+B)=O(A)+O(B) and O(kA)=k(OA) where O is the linear operator (i.e the absolute value), A+B and A would be a complex number, and k is some real constant. I ...
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Definition of the absolute value of a polynomial

I am having a hard time verifying that this is the definition of the absolute value of a polynomial: Given a polynomial with (possibly) complex coefficients: $p(z) = a_0 + a_1 z + a_2 z^2 + ... + ...
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Absolute values and inequalities

So I've been trying to solve this one for a few hours and am now out of ideas on how to approach this problem. Here are the inequalities: $$\text{show that if}$$ $$z,w \in \Bbb C$$ $$|z| < ...
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Is there a function whose derivative is $|x|$?

Is there a function $y=f(x)$ such that $$\frac{df}{dx}|_{x=a} =|a|$$ for all $a\in \mathbb R$? I'm in a debate with my friend over it and we are stuck
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On complex numbers and absolute values

Exercise 1.31 of Analysis by Apostol states: Given three complex numbers $z_1,z_2,z_3$ such that $|z_1| = |z_2| = |z_3| = 1$ and $z_1 + z_2 +z_3 = 0$. Show that these numbers are vertices of an ...
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Showing an Absolute Value Inequality Problem Proof

I tried solving this question but it does not works for me. Q.) Show that $\left|x + \frac1{x}\right| \ge 2$ for all $x \ne 0$ There are two ways to do. One is squaring and other is to use absolute ...
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What are the steps to solving |3x + 1| > |2x - 7| with the given answer as $(-∞,-8)\cup(6/5,∞)$?

What are the steps to solving $|3x + 1| > |2x - 7|$ with the given answer as $(-∞,-8)\cup(6/5,∞)$? I am having difficulty with understanding inequalities with absolute value functions on both ...
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Finding the limit of $F(x)=\frac{x^2-4}{|x+2|}$

Let $F(x)=\dfrac{x^2-4}{|x+2|}$ and find the following limits $(a) \; \; \lim_{x \to -2^-}F(x)=$ $(b) \; \; \lim_{x \to -2^+}F(x)=-4$ $(c) \; \; \lim_{x \to -2}F(x)=DNE$ I substituted $-2$ to find ...
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Can one apply absolute value to both sides of an inequality?

Can I claim this: $$c>b \implies |c|>|b|$$ with $c>0$? I ask because I want to use it in a proof but I am not sure. Thank You.
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Maclaurin series for $\frac{1}{|1+x|}$

I believe that there is no Maclaurin Series for $\frac{1}{|1+x|}$ as the latter is not differentiable at $x=-1$. However, would it be appropriate for me to refer $\frac{1}{|1+x|}$ as 'not a smooth' ...
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Piecewise linear function and absolute value

While writing a solution to homeworks for my students, I had to write the function $$f(x)=\left\{\begin{array}{ll} \frac{x+2}{2}, & x\leqslant -4\\ \frac{x}{4}, & -4\leqslant x\leqslant 4 \\ ...
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Finding all solutions to the equation $|||||x|-1|-1|-1|-1|=0$

I was presented this question by a student I was tutoring: Suppose $x \in \mathbb{R}$. Find all solutions of the equation $$|||||x|-1|-1|-1|-1|=0.$$ What I explained to the student: Given ...
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Adding $2$ absolute values together: $|x+2| + |x-3| =5.$ [duplicate]

I came across a very basic absolute value question $|x+2| + |x-3| =5.$ Initially, I thought the answer was $x=-2$ and $x=3$ because I let each absolute values be either positive and negative and ...
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How to find roots for $y = ||x^2-x-20|-8|$

$$ y = ||x^2-x-20|-8| $$ After I set $y = 0$, I do not know how to deal with multiple absolute values.
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Order of $\{x\in\mathbb {Z}, |x|+|3x-1|<5\}$

There is a multiple choices which says what is the order of $\{x\in\mathbb {Z}, |x|+|3x-1|<5\}$? a. 1 b. 3 c. 2 d. empty I know that by considering certain cases, for example when $x<0$ or ...
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What's wrong with solving absolute value equations in this way?

Say I have $3x-2 = |x|$. Why can't I just do this: $3x - 2 = -x$ and $3x - 2 = x$ and then get two values for $x$: $1$ and $0.5$? I know the answer $0.5$ doesn't work if you plug this in. However, I ...
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Expressing absolute value equations as piecewise functions

I'm not sure how to express this function in piecewise form without using absolute values: $$ f(x) = 3|x-2| - |x+1|$$ I know how to do it when there is just one absolute value, such as: $$g(x) = ...
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Inequality: $\left|x^3-y^3\right|<|x|^3+|y|^3$

Could anyone show me why $$\left|x^3-y^3\right|<|x|^3+|y|^3$$ for all real numbers (x,y) except 0? I'm thinking of whether of how to remove the modulus sign on the left hand side of the ...
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Does my proof of $|x+y| \le |x| + |y|$ make sense? How do I conclude a proof?

Thank you for reading it. I know I made a lot of mistakes. This is my first ever proof that I have attempted. Another note is that I only have been studying proofs for about a week. Any advice will be ...
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Taking root from absolute expression

Why is the following true? (Where all terms are positive) $$|x-y| < \epsilon^2 \implies |\sqrt x - \sqrt y| < \epsilon$$
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Geometric idea behind equations of the form $|x-a|\pm|x-b|=c$

So let's say I want to solve $$|x-a|\pm|x-b|=c$$ Using the classic multiple cases approach, one can show that the solutions are given by $$x=\frac{a+b\pm c}2 $$ But how can one make sense of this ...
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How to solve inequalities with absolute values on both sides?

If you have an inequality that has two absolute value bars like $|4x+1|<|3x|$, how do you go about doing this? I know that if $4x+1<3x$, then those $x$'s will work but what else do I do? I think ...
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Why is the value of $\int_0^{2\pi}|2\cos(nx)+\sqrt{3}|\,dx$ independent of integer parameter $n$?

I am not able to find an easy solution for the following formula $$\int_0^{2\pi}|2\cos(nx)+\sqrt{3}|dx=4+\frac{4}{3}\pi\sqrt{3}.$$ Please help me prove it. Why it does not depend on the (positive) ...
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Nested absolute operations

The question is: are the following two functions equivalent? And if yes, what properties of the absolute value should I use to prove it? $f_1(x,y,z)$ = $|\, x + |y+z| \,|$ $f_2(x,y,z)$ = $| \,|x+y| ...
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Calculating the best match between two sets

I’m a PHP developer and I have a problem calculating the perfect match between two different data sets. I have data sets from companies, where each company defines the requirements for a specific ...
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Graphs for mod functions

Can someone please teach me how to obtain graphs for the following types of functions: $2+3|x-1|$ $|x-1|+|x|+|x+1|$ $|x-1|-|x|-|x+1|$ $|x-1|^2$ Thanks.
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Does $|(aj+b)^{-1}| = (|aj+b|)^{-1}$

Does $|(aj+b)^{-1}| = (|aj+b|)^{-1}$, where $aj+b$ is a complex number, and $|f(x)|$ is the modulus function. In the past I've been calculating $|(aj+b)^{-1}|$ by multiplying the numerator and ...
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Is it always true? $\left|A-B\right| \le \left|A\right| + \left|B\right|$

Is it always right to claim that: $$\left|A - B\right| \le \left|A\right| + \left|B\right|$$ where $A, B \in \mathbb{R}$ ?
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Solving $n \int_{\mathbb{R}}{\left|\frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^n{e^{(itY_j)}}-e^{-\frac{1}{2}t^2}\right|^2}\psi(t)dt$

I have to solve $$ n \int_{\mathbb{R}}{\left|\frac{1}{n}\sum_{j=1}^n{e^{(itY_j)}}-e^{-\frac{1}{2}t^2}\right|^2}\psi(t)dt $$ where $\psi(t)=(2\pi)^{-\frac{1}{2}}e^{-\frac{1}{2}t^2}$ is the density ...
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$\left | -(x+2)^2+6(x+2) \right |>13$

I did $-(x+2)^2+6(x+2)>13$ and $-(x+2)^2+6(x+2)< -13$. The first inequality had complex solutions and therefore can be disregarded but the second one has two real solutions, $x \approx -3.7$ and ...
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Absolute value quadratic inequalities not the usual?

$ | -x^2 + 6x | \gt 13 $,for example. I would start off solving $ -x^2 + 6x = \pm 13 $ and either get 4 solutions, 3 solutions or two simply do the the nature of the graph. Without knowing if the two ...
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Dealing with absolute values after trigonometric substitution in $\int \frac{\sqrt{1+x^2}}{x} \text{ d}x$.

I was doing this integral and wondered if the signum function would be a viable method for approaching such an integral. I can't seem to find any other way to help integrate the $|\sec \theta|$ term ...
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How to solve equations involving modulus function of the type $|x+1| - |1-x|=2 $ and $ |x-1|=|x|+a$?

I am able to solve equation of the type $ |5x+1|=|11-2x|$. I square both the side and my equation becomes $ (5x+1)^2=(11-2x)^2 $ further simplification gives me $ (5x+1)=\pm (11-2x)$. I get have ...
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Don't understand inequality in order to prove Algebraic Limit Theorem

I'm self-studying from the book Understanding Analysis by Stephen Abbott and I'm stuck on Theorem 2.3.3 on page 45, i.e., the Algebraic Limit Theorem. In particular, letting $\lim a_n = a$ and $\lim ...
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If $w_1=a_1+ib_1$ and $w_2=a_2+ib_2$ are complex numbers, then $|e^{w_1}-e^{w_2}|\geq e^{a_1}-e^{a_2}$

Let $w_1=a_1+ib_1$ and $w_2=a_2+ib_2$ be two complex numbers. Ahlfors says that $|e^{w_1}-e^{w_2}|\geq e^{a_1}-e^{a_2}$. I don't understand why that is. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Evaluate the integral $\int_{-1}^{1}\left\vert\, x^{3} - x\,\right\vert\,{\rm d}x$

I'm trying to solve: $$\int_{-1}^{1}\left\vert\, x^{3} - x\,\right\vert\,{\rm d}x$$ I tried to solve this integral as follows: solving $x^{3} - x = 0$ which implies $x = 0$ , $x = -1$ or $x = 1$. ...
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A system of absolute value equalities

Background: I'm trying to show that the transformation $T:\Bbb R^n\to\Bbb R^n$ defined by $T(x_1,\dots,x_n) := (|x_2-x_1|,|x_3-x_2|,\dots,|x_1-x_n|)$ is (or is not, this is out of curiosity only) ...
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solving the inequality

I'm looking for hints on how to efficiently solve this inequality: $$\left( \frac {|x|-|1-x|}{|x|} \right)^{2x-1} \gt \left(\frac {|x|-|1-x|}{|x|} \right)^{8-x} $$
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Where did I go wrong with this inequality involving absolute value function?

Question: Find all $x \in \mathbb R$ such that the inequality $4<|x+2|+ |x-1|<5$ is satisfied. This is my attempt at solving the problem: Case (i): If $x+2 \geq 0 $ and $ x-1\geq0$, then ...
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$|x| - |y| \leq |x-y|?$

Is there a clever way to show that $$|x| - |y| \leq |x-y|$$ I believe I can think of a way to solve this using cases, but the book I'm working out of said that "A very short proof is possible if you ...
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I do not quite understand this difference in limits

According it my study material: $\lim_{x\to 0^-}\frac {x}{|x|}= -1$ and $\lim_{x\to0^-} \frac {1}{|x|}= \infty$ Why does $\lim_{x\to0^-} \frac {1}{|x|}\ne -\infty$ as 1 still devided by a negative ...
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Proving a limit exists - solving for epsilon with absolute values

I have the equation that I want to prove the limit goes to 1: $$\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac {(n+8)(n+1)}{n(n-10)} = 1$$ Using definition of limit, I get this equation: $$ \left | \frac ...
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For which $a$ does $|x+1|+|2-x|=a^2 -1$ have exactly two solutions?

If it is not a problem, I would really appreciate if someone could explain to me how to solve and graph the following equation: For which real numbers $a$ does the equation $|x+1| +|2-x|=a^2 -1$ ...
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Does “Expected Absolute Deviation” or “Expected Absolute Deviation Range” exist in stats and have another name?

So everyone is familiar with Variance and Standard Deviation from high school, but it seems no one has any familiarity with a philosophical justification for such weird, seemingly arbitrary measures. ...
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How to solve Absolute Value Inequality: |x-1| ≥ 3-x

I am learning the topic of solving absolute value inequality question. I had mostly understood the steps in order to solve for an inequality. However, I'm still clueless of a step to solve the ...
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Spivak Absolute Value Problem (Prologue 9-v)

I'm working on the following problem Express the following with at least one less pair of absolute value signs $$|(| \sqrt2 + \sqrt3| - |\sqrt5 - \sqrt7|)|$$ Now I can see that the ...
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solving the system

solve the system : $$ y+|x-2|=3 $$, $$ |x+y|= m $$ graphicly when $m$ equals $6$. I can easily (realtively) skecth the first graph , however, how the bloody hell do you sketch $|x+y|= 6$??
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Maximum value problem

A function $\hspace{0.1cm}$$f:[0,1]\to[-1,1]$$\hspace{0.1cm}$ satisfying$\hspace{0.1cm}$ $|f(x)|\leq x$$\hspace{0.1cm}$ $\forall x\in[0,1]$. Then find the maximum value of: ...
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Restore the signum of abs(sinc(x))

Is it possible, by any means, to restore the signum of sinc(x) after being transformed to its absolute value, abs(sinc(x))? How it got to abs() is irrelevant, I only want to know if the reverse is ...