# How do you solve abs(x/7)-8=-7?

##### 1 Answer
May 23, 2017

See a solution process below:

#### Explanation:

First, add $\textcolor{red}{8}$ to each side of the equation to isolate the $x$ term while keeping the equation balanced:

$\left\mid \frac{x}{7} \right\mid - 8 + \textcolor{red}{8} = - 7 + \textcolor{red}{8}$

$\left\mid \frac{x}{7} \right\mid - 0 = 1$

$\left\mid \frac{x}{7} \right\mid = 1$

The absolute value function takes any negative or positive term and transforms it to its positive form. Therefore, we must solve the term within the absolute value function for both its negative and positive equivalent.

Solution 1)

$\frac{x}{7} = - 1$

$\textcolor{red}{7} \times \frac{x}{7} = \textcolor{red}{7} \times - 1$

$\cancel{\textcolor{red}{7}} \times \frac{x}{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{7}}}} = - 7$

$x = - 7$

Solution 2)

$\frac{x}{7} = 1$

$\textcolor{red}{7} \times \frac{x}{7} = \textcolor{red}{7} \times 1$

$\cancel{\textcolor{red}{7}} \times \frac{x}{\textcolor{red}{\cancel{\textcolor{b l a c k}{7}}}} = 7$

$x = 7$

The solution is: $x = - 7$ and $x = 7$