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\(p + |k| > |p| + k\)
Quantity A |
Quantity B |
p |
k |
A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
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R.A.E Warning: This is a long solution, but there are some key properties/strategies that some students may find usefulUseful properties:
#1: If x is POSITIVE, then |x| = x
#2: If x is NEGATIVE, then |x| = -xFor example, if x = 3, then |x| = |3| = 3 = x
Conversely, if x = -3, then |x| = |-3| = 3 = -(-3) = -x
Okay, first notice that
p and k cannot be equal.
IF it were the case that p = k, then we can replace p with k to get: \(k + |k| > |k| + k\)
This makes no sense. So, we can be sure that p and k are
not equalNow let's examine 4 possible cases:
case i: p is POSITIVE and k is POSITIVE
Applying
property #1, we get: \(p + k > p + k\)
This makes no sense. \(p + k = p + k\)
So,
case i is impossible.
case ii: p is POSITIVE and k is NEGATIVE
Applying
properties #1 and 2, we get: \(p + (-k) > p + k\)
Subtract p from both sides of the inequality to get: \(-k > k\)
Add k to both sides to get: \(0 > 2k\)
Since k is NEGATIVE in this case, the inequality \(0 > 2k\) is true.
So,
case ii is possiblecase iii: p is NEGATIVE and k is POSITIVE
Applying
properties #1 and 2, we get: \(p + k > (-p) + k\)
Subtract k from both sides of the inequality to get: \(p > -p\)
Add p to both sides to get: \(2p > 0\)
Since p is NEGATIVE in this case, the inequality \(2p > 0\) is NOT true.
So,
case iii is impossible.
case iv: p is NEGATIVE and k is NEGATIVE
Applying
property #2, we get: \(p + (-k) > (-p) + k\)
Add p to both sides to get: \(2p - k > k\)
Add k to both sides to get: \(2p > 2k\)
Divide both sides by 2 to get: \(p > k\)
This tells us that, if p is NEGATIVE and k is NEGATIVE, then \(p > k\)
case iv is possibleAt this point, we can see that there are only two possible cases, and for each case, we can be certain that \(p > k\)
Answer: A
Cheers,
Brent
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