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Homework Help: Absolute Numbers Problem

  1. Apr 22, 2012 #1
    The equation |x-3|=-2 is given. Find the possible value(s) of X.



    I don't understand how it could equal a negative number but here is my weak attempt.


    |x-3|= -2
    -|x-3|= 2
    -x+3=2
    -x=-1
    x=1

    I substituted x=1 into the equation and all I got was 2 as the answer.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    P.S. I am doing Gr. 11 Maths
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 22, 2012 #2
    The absolute value can never be negative. there is an error with the problem.
     
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