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Absolute value

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Absolute value

by dbodger » Mon Mar 30, 2009 5:19 pm
Of the five coordinates associated with points A, B, C, D, and E on the number line, which has the greatest absolute value?

A= -2
B= -1
C= 0
D= 1
E= 2

This is a question from the OG. The answer given in the book is A, -2.

I thought that the absolute value of -2 or +2 would be equal to 2. So wouldnt both A and E be correct?


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by Ian Stewart » Mon Mar 30, 2009 6:29 pm
You're surely looking at one of the earlier printings of the Official Guide -- the diagram for that question wasn't printed correctly. In the correct diagram, E is slightly less than 2. If you have that early printing, you can download a pdf file with all of the official corrections. If you google

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it should be the first link that comes up. The only people who would need that file are those who have an early printing - the errors were fixed in later versions of the 11th edition.
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by gmat740 » Mon Mar 30, 2009 8:09 pm
It seems more like a DS question rather than PS!! :D :P

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by dbodger » Tue Mar 31, 2009 8:44 am
Thanks Ian