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QOTD#25 |1 – 5| = |5 – m|

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QOTD#25 |1 – 5| = |5 – m| [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2016, 14:45
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\(|1 - 5| = |5 - m|\)

Quantity A
Quantity B
m
4


A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.




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Re: QOTD#25 |1 – 5| = |5 – m| [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2016, 14:47
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Explanation

We solve for m.

If \(|1 - 5| = |5 - m|\), then \(|- 4| = |5 - m|\), or \(4 = |5 - m|\).

When you see absolute values, remember to consider both positive and negative solutions: \(5 - m = 4\) or \(5 - m = -4\), so m can equal 1 or 9, leaving you with choice D for the answer.
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Re: QOTD#25 |1 – 5| = |5 – m| [#permalink] New post 12 Nov 2016, 06:50
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\(|1 - 5| = |5 - m|\)

Quantity A
Quantity B
m
4




When solving equations involving ABSOLUTE VALUE, there are 3 steps:
1. Apply the rule that says: If |x| = k, then x = k and/or x = -k
2. Solve the resulting equations
3. Plug solutions into original equation to check for extraneous roots

So, if |1 - 5| = |5 - m|, then we must consider two cases:

1 - 5 = 5 - m and 1 - 5 = -(5 - m)

1 - 5 = 5 - m
-4 = 5 - m
-9 = -m
m = 9

[b]1 - 5 = -(5 - m)

-4 = -5 + m
1 = m

So, we have two solutions: m = 9 and m = 1
Now plug them into the original equation to ensure they work.

m = 9
|1 - 5| = |5 - 9|
|-4| = |-4|
4 = 4
WORkS!

m = 1
|1 - 5| = |5 - 1|
|-4| = |4|
4 = 4
WORKS!

If m = 9, then Quantity A is greater
If m = 1, then Quantity B is greater

Answer:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
D


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