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In this lesson, linear inequalities involving two variables and absolute values will be analyzed. The solution sets of these inequalities will also be drawn and interpreted.

Catch-Up and Review

Here are a few recommended readings before getting started with this lesson.

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Graph of Absolute Value Equation in Two Variables

Consider the vertex form of absolute value equations in two variables.
When the vertex form of an absolute value equation is known, its graph can be drawn easily because the vertex of the graph is at and the graph is symmetric about Examine the graph of the indicated absolute value equation and the shaded region.
Graph of absolute value equation and shaded region
How does the given equation need to be changed to represent the shaded region? If the graph of the equation becomes dashed, what does this affect?
Discussion

Absolute Value Inequalities in Two Variables

An absolute value inequality in two variables is an inequality that contains an absolute value expression and shows the relationship between two variables. If the relationship is linear, then the inequality is similar to the equation of an absolute value function.
While the graph of an absolute value equation is a V-shaped graph, the graph of a two-variable absolute value inequality is a region. When graphing a two-variable absolute value inequality, its boundary line plays an important role.
Graphs of the equation and the inequality
Method

Graphing an Absolute Value Inequality in Two Variables

The steps for graphing an absolute value inequality in two variables are similar to the steps for graphing other types of inequalities. The general method is to draw the graph of the boundary line and then determine the region to be shaded by testing a point. The following inequality will be drawn as an example.
To draw the graph of this inequality, the following steps can be followed.
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Graph the Boundary Line
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The boundary line of the inequality can be determined by replacing the inequality symbol with the equals sign.
The graph of the boundary line can be drawn using a table of values. To make calculations easy, first will be isolated.
Now some points on the boundary line can be found.

Plot the points and draw the boundary line. Since the given inequality is strict, the boundary line will be dashed.


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Test a Point
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Next, the region that represents the solution set for the inequality needs to be determined. To do so, choose an arbitrary point not on the boundary line and substitute it into the inequality. is not on the boundary, so it can be used.
Since is a false statement, it is not a solution to the inequality.
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Shade the Region
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The test point is not a solution, so the region that does not contain the test point — inside the V-shaped graph — represents the solution set for the inequality. Finally, the appropriate region can be shaded.

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Determining Inequality Symbol

Analyze the graph of the given absolute value inequality in two variables to determine the proper inequality symbol.

Graph of absolute value inequalities in two variables
Example

Writing an Absolute Value Inequality

Dylan writes an absolute value equation in two variables for the shape of a mirror.
He knows that only the outside of the mirror is reflective.
a Draw the graph of the given equation.
b Suppose a spherical blue light source is placed above the vertex of the graph. Shade the region where the blue light can reach on the graph.
c Write an absolute value inequality whose solution set is the shaded region, excluding the graph of the line.

Answer

a Graph:
Graph of absolute value equation
b Graph:
Graph of the absolute value equation and light source
c

Hint

a Isolate the variable and make a table of values.
b What are the coordinates of the vertex of the absolute value equation? Put a point above it.
c For strict inequalities, the points on the boundary line are not solutions. Therefore, strict inequalities have dashed boundary lines.

Solution

a Notice that the absolute value equation for the shape of the mirror is not in vertex form.
The equation will be written in vertex form as follows.
Rewrite

It is now in vertex form, and its vertex is
Since the coordinate of the vertex is a table of values will be made using some values below.

Finally, plot the points and draw the absolute value equation.

As can be seen, the mirror has a V-shape with a vertex of in the coordinate plane.

b Now the region illuminated by a spherical blue light source is shaded when the source is placed above the vertex of the mirror. From Part A, the vertex is at Therefore, the light source can be placed, for example, at Then, the region illuminated by the source will be as shown.
Region iluminated by the light source
c The aim is to write an absolute value inequality for the region illuminated by the light source, excluding the mirror itself. Since the mirror is excluded, its graph needs to be dashed.
Shaded region excluding the boundary line
The shaded region represents the values greater than The inequality symbol will be strict because the graph of the mirror is not part of the solution set.
In this example, the mirror represents the boundary line of the inequality, the spherical light source represents a test point that satisfies the inequality, and the shaded region represents the graph of the inequality.
Example

Graphing an Absolute Value Inequality

Ignacio buys an antique object at an auction. He plans to sell it in a few years. He describes the value of the object (in thousands dollars) after years as follows.
He is also willing to sell the object at any time for any price greater than or equal to the value found by the above equation.
a Write an absolute value inequality for the given situation and graph it.
b What is the minimum price Ignacio would be willing to sell the object for years from now?

Answer

a Inequality:
Graph:
Absolute Value Inequality
b

Hint

a Which inequality symbol should be used? To graph the absolute value inequality, start by making a table of values for its boundary line.
b Substitute the given value for into the inequality found in the previous part.

Solution

a The value of the object after years is represented by the right-hand side of the given equation.
If Ignacio can find someone who is ready to pay greater than or equal to the amount after years, the object is sold. Therefore, the following inequality will describe the situation.
To graph this absolute value inequality, its boundary line will be drawn first. To do so, make a table of values for Note that since represents the number of years, it cannot be negative.

Plot the points and draw the boundary line. Since the inequality is non-strict, the boundary line will be solid. Note that only positive values of and makes sense in the context of the situation.

Next, the region to be shaded will be determined. To do so, choose an arbitrary point not on the boundary line and substitute it into the inequality. Let the point be
Evaluate right-hand side
Since is a false statement, it is not a solution to the inequality. Therefore, the region that does not contain the test point should be shaded.
b It is asked to find the minimum price Ignacio would be willing to sell the object for years from now. To do so, needs to be substituted for into the inequality found in Part A.
Evaluate right-hand side
This means that Ignacio will be willing to sell the object at any price greater than or equal to Therefore, is the minimum price Ignacio can accept after years.
Example

Writing an Absolute Value Inequality From a Graph

In the same auction, Emily was also interested in the object that Ignacio bought. Emily knows that Ignacio will sell it sooner or later. The maximum amount of money Emily can allocate to buy Ignacio's object is represented by the following graph.

Emily can use any amount less than for the object years after the auction. Write an inequality to describe the given graph.

Hint

To write the equation of the boundary line, use the vertex form of an absolute value equation where is the vertex of the absolute value equation.

Solution

On the given graph, represents the years after the auction and represents the price of the object in thousands of dollars. Since Emily can allocate any amount less than for the object years after the auction, these values correspond to point which is the vertex of the boundary line.

Recall the general form of an absolute value equation whose vertex is at
Since the vertex of the boundary line is the corresponding values can be substituted.
To find a point on the boundary line will be substituted. From the graph, lies on the boundary line.
Solve for
Now the equation of the boundary line can be written completely.
Since the boundary line is dashed, the inequality will be strict. The shaded region is below the boundary line. Therefore, the inequality symbol should be less than,
Closure

Absolute Value Inequalities on the Same Coordinate Plane

When absolute value inequalities in two variables are drawn on the same coordinate plane, they might intersect. The region where the graphs of the inequalities intersect represents the solutions that satisfy both inequalities. Consider the following absolute value inequalities.
There is a small region where the graphs of these inequalities intersect.
Graphs of Inequality I and Inequality II

Any point in this region is the solution to both inequalities. In the context of the last two examples, Ignacio and Emily can make a deal as long as the values stay in that region.

Solutions set to both inequalities