Solve for a |a+5|=55

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|a+5|=55
Remove the absolute value term. This creates a ± on the right side of the equation because |x|=±x.
a+5=±55
Set up the positive portion of the ± solution.
a+5=55
Move all terms not containing a to the right side of the equation.
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Subtract 5 from both sides of the equation.
a=55-5
Subtract 5 from 55.
a=50
a=50
Set up the negative portion of the ± solution.
a+5=-55
Move all terms not containing a to the right side of the equation.
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Subtract 5 from both sides of the equation.
a=-55-5
Subtract 5 from -55.
a=-60
a=-60
The solution to the equation includes both the positive and negative portions of the solution.
a=50,-60
Solve for a |a+5|=55

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