6.10: Absolute Value Inequalities
Suppose the perimeter of a square garden is currently
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Algebra  Inequalities with Absolute Value
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Guidance
An absolute value inequality is a combination of two concepts: absolute values and linear inequalities. Therefore, to solve an absolute value inequality, you must use the problemsolving methods of each concept.
 To solve an absolute value equation, use the definition.

If
d=x−a , thenx−a=d ORx−a=−d .

If
 To solve a linear inequality, use the information learned in the previous Concepts.
 Remember, when dividing by a negative, the inequality symbol must be reversed!
Let’s begin by looking at an example.
Example A
Since
Notice that this is also the graph for the compound inequality
Below is a second example.
Example B
Since the absolute value of
In general, the solutions to absolute value inequalities take two forms:
 If
x<a , thenx<a orx>−a .  If
x>a , thenx>a orx<−a .
Example C
Solve
Solution:
This equation fits situation 2. Therefore,
Solve each inequality separately.
The solutions are all values greater than two or less than –12.
Guided Practice
The velocity of an object is given by the formula
Solution:
We want to find the times when the velocity is greater than or equal to 60 feet per second. Using the formula for velocity,
This is an example like case 2. Separate and solve.
Practice
Sample explanations for some of the practice exercises below are available by viewing the following video. Note that there is not always a match between the number of the practice exercise in the video and the number of the practice exercise listed in the following exercise set. However, the practice exercise is the same in both. CK12 Basic Algebra: Absolute Value Inequalities (3:26)
 You are asked to solve
a+1≤4 . What two inequalities does this separate into?
In 2 – 21, solve the inequality and show the solution graph.

x≤6 
4≤a+4 
x>3.5 
6>10b+6 
x<12 
∣∣w10∣∣<2 
∣∣x5∣∣≤6 
7x≥21 
6c+5<47 
x−5>8 
x+7<3 
x−34≤12 
2x−5≥13 
5x+3<7 
∣∣x3−4∣∣≤2 
∣∣∣2x7+9∣∣∣>57 
−6t+3+9≥18 
9p+5>23 
−2s−4≤6 
10m−58>5  A threemonthold baby boy weighs an average of 13 pounds. He is considered healthy if he is 2.5 pounds more or less than the average weight. Find the weight range that is considered healthy for threemonthold boys.
Mixed Review
 Graph \begin{align*}y=3x3\end{align*}.
 Graph \begin{align*}y=\frac{5}{4} x2\end{align*}.
 What is 14.75% of 29?
 A shirt was sold for $31.99 after a 15% markup. What was the original price?
 Using the formula to convert Celsius to Fahrenheit found in a previous Concept, determine the Fahrenheit equivalent to \begin{align*}16^\circ C\end{align*}.
 Charlene has 18 more apples than Raul. Raul has 36 apples. Write an equation to represent this situation and determine how many apples Charlene has.
 Suppose you flip a coin. What are the possible outcomes?
 How many degrees are in a circle?
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If , then OR .Absolute Value Linear inequalities
Absolute value linear inequalities can have one of four forms , or . Absolute value linear inequalities have two related inequalities. For example for , the two related inequalities are and .Image Attributions
Here you'll learn about absolute value inequalities and how to find their solutions.