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You mean 1.5 * 3p = 4.5?
umm i think, but with the absolute bars around the 3p
This means that whatever is inside of the absolute value will always be positive. 1.5|3p|=4.5
1.) The first step is to divide by 1.5
|3p| = 4.5/1.5
|3p| = 3
2.) The second step is to figure out what the absolute value is. What value for p would equal 3? We have to remember that the variable p can be negative or positive. You can divide by 3 to figure out what pthe variable p could be.
The first answer is p = 1.
|3*1| = 3
The second part of this question is to figure out a negative value for p.
Since the variable is in absolute bars, wouldn't |3*-1| work too?
|3*-1| is equivalent to |-3|
since everything in absolute brackets becomes positive, 3 = 3
(Anything in absolute value bars will always be positive. ex: |-3| = 3 or |5-10| = 5
In the latter example, 5-10 = -5 so the question is |-5|= p --> 5=p)
I hope this helps and is not confusing!!