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##### Absolute value plays an important role with distance
between points on a coordinate line and with algebraic calculations with
radicals. You should know how to break an absolute value equation into its
equivalent piecewise equations. Inequalities can be used to express
information about a range of numbers on a coordinate line.

##### Definition of :
in a piecewise function notation is

##### The graph of this function in the standard (zoom 6.
Standard) window looks like:

##### Note the graph associated with this absolute value is a
set of 2 lines (or rays) which meet at a point.

##### Use the graphing calculator and look at the graph
of .
Draw a picture of the graph of this equation using the grid at the left.
Set your window to Zoom 4. Decimal.

Tap to view graph
##### What does this tell you about
?

##### So another way to look at would
be in a piecewise function:

##### What does this say to you?

##### Often an absolute value is written in an inequality
statement. To solve an absolute value within an inequality you will
need to first rewrite the inequality statement without the absolute
value. Here are two examples:

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*Check Your Understanding:* (Remember to write down your answers.)

Solve and represent the solutions to
these inequalities on a number line:

1.

2.

3.

4.

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