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# Absolute-Value Functions?

I'm in desperate need of some homework help. As the title suggests I'm working on absolute value functions, and the teacher didn't explain everything about them...

It's asking for the range of each function, and when it comes to certain functions I'm clueless.

How do I find the range of something like this: y = |6x|.I don't understand this one because I don't know what to do with the number that is in with the x.

Then there's these: y = 6|x| and y = -6|x|. I don't understand what to do with the number on the outside.

And then it goes to things like this: y = |x+6| and y = -|x+6| and y = |6x + 6|

Basically when there's a 6 at any time, I don't know what to do with it! The only answers I did know were things like y = |x| where the range was simply y (is > or = to) 0.

Please help!

### 2 Answers

- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The thing to remember about absolute value functions is that they are cheats. They look like a single function, but there are actually two functions there.

Consider the functional definition of absolute value:

|x| = x if x >= 0

= -x if x < 0

So when you're dealing with an absolute value, you're always going to have to deal with two different parts.

Take the basic function:

y = |x|

When x is positive - on the right side of the y-axis - you're dealing with the line y = x. When x is negative - on the left side of the y-axis - it's the line y = -x. If you graph those, you'll get a V-shape with the point on the origin.

If you make it y = 6|x|, you're going to have the same general shape. On the right side of the y-axis it'll be the line y = 6x. On the left side, it'll be y = -6x. So you'll have the same V-shape with the point still on the origin, but the slope will be steeper. So - y = a|x| or y = |ax|, you're going to take the basic shape and change the slope.

If you do something like y = |x| + 6, you're going to have the same shape as y = |x| except it'll be moved up the y-axis a distance of 6. It'll be the same V-shape, but the point will be at (0, 6). Generally, the line y = |x| + c will be the V-shape c units along the y-axis.

If you do something like y = |x + 6|, that will end up moving it along the x-axis. Consider: the breakpoint for an absolute value is when what's in the absolute value signs is 0. That will happen now when x = -6. So, this will be the V-shape moved six units to the left. y = |x - 6| will be the V-shape moved 6 units to the right.

Now, put them all together:

y = |a(x + b)| + c

That will be the V-shape with a slope of a, moved b units along the x-axis and c units along the y-axis. For instance,

y = |3(x - 2)| + 7

will be the V-shape with a slope of 3. The point of the V will be at (2, 7).

Note the parentheses. If we had y = |3x - 2| + 7, that would still have a slope of 3, but the point would be at (2/3, 7).

And, a negative in front of the absolute value sign turns the V upside down.

This is a lot easier to do with a blackboard where you can do sketches. I hope this helps.

- lavzonLv 44 years ago
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