Sarah_Miller720
solve.
│x – 5│ = 3
i need help solving this



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Hint:
x5 = 3
turns into
x5=3 or x5 = 3

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solve each for x to get your two answers

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x = 8 and x = –2

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first one is correct
second is not

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should it be a positive 2?

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yep, visually, if you draw out a number line
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x  5 = 3
asks the question: which numbers x are 3 units away from the number 5?
The answer is x = 2 or x = 8

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Oh i get it now :) thanks

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you're welcome