I am confused just trying to draw the diagram for this problem, much less how to apply the Algebra. Moreover, it wants a system of absolute value equations. Is that because the balls will go up and down?
[OK - per request and downvote, I have attempted to draw this diagram several times and am unable to get farther than a basic idea of the person relative to the ceiling. I lose my perspective when they talk about the tile borders. I am not at all sure what that means or how to gauge that in the calculations.
Furthermore, as I said originally, I am not able to understand why this is an absolute value problem to begin with. This problem did not come with an associated textbook, and the student who is requesting assistance has no references whatsoever. I am not only doing the work and making sure he gets what he needs, but also attempting to provide him references for later when he needs refreshing/reminders. I don't understand how he is being taught...
So, anyway, I will not die without assistance, but I have put a lot of time into this (with a Math degree and quite exhaustive IT skills and research). I don't understand what they are asking or why they are asking it, quite honestly, and I am not sure if I can say it any better than that, LOL.]
Any help is greatly appreciated.Absolute Value System of Equations