Remove the absolute value term. This creates a <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>±</mo></mstyle></math> on the right side of the equation because <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mrow><mo>|</mo><mi>x</mi><mo>|</mo></mrow><mo>=</mo><mo>±</mo><mi>x</mi></mstyle></math> .

Set up the positive portion of the <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>±</mo></mstyle></math> solution.

Add <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>3</mn></mstyle></math> to both sides of the equation.

Add <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>7</mn></mstyle></math> and <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>3</mn></mstyle></math> .

Set up the negative portion of the <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>±</mo></mstyle></math> solution.

Add <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>3</mn></mstyle></math> to both sides of the equation.

Add <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mo>-</mo><mn>7</mn></mstyle></math> and <math><mstyle displaystyle="true"><mn>3</mn></mstyle></math> .

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

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