Remove the absolute value term. This creates a on the right side of the equation because .

Set up the positive portion of the solution.

Move all terms not containing to the right side of the equation.

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

Subtract from .

Divide each term by and simplify.

Divide each term in by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

Divide by .

Set up the negative portion of the solution.

Move all terms not containing to the right side of the equation.

Subtract from both sides of the equation.

Subtract from .

Divide each term by and simplify.

Divide each term in by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

Move the negative in front of the fraction.

The solution to the equation includes both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

The result can be shown in multiple forms.

Exact Form:

Decimal Form:

Mixed Number Form:

Solve for x |3x+8|=2