Jeff Miller

GMAT OFFICIAL GUIDE PS – Which of the following describes all values of x for which…

Which of the following describes all values of x for which…

Solution:

To solve, we first isolate the x^2 in the inequality 1 – x^2 ≥ 0. So we have:

1 ≥ x^2

Next, we take the square root of both sides, to isolate x.

√1 ≥ √x^2

This gives us:

1 ≥ |x|

Because the variable x is inside the absolute value sign, we must consider that x can be either positive or negative. Therefore, we’ll need to solve the inequality twice.

When x is positive:

1 ≥ |x| means

1 ≥ x

This can be re-expressed as x ≤ 1.

When x is negative:

1 ≥ |x| means

1 ≥ -x (Divide both sides by -1 and switch the inequality sign)

-1 ≤ x

We combine the two resulting inequalities to get:

-1 ≤ x ≤ 1

Answer: E