How do you solve the equation 2x + 5  5 = 3, for x? Absolute value means distance away from zero.
2x + 5  5 = 3 2x + 5 = 2 {added 5 to each side} 2x + 5 = 2 or 2x + 5 =  2 {the absolute value of 2x + 5 was 2, therefore it could be equal to 2 or 2} 2x = 3 or 2x = 7 {subtracted 5 from each equation} x = 3/2 or x = 7/2 {divided each equation by 2} x = 1.5 or x = 3.5 {put into decimal form}  Algebra House
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