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Absolute Value

 

The absolute value of a number is its distance to zero on a number line.

 

The symbol for absolute value is two parallel lines around a number.

Example: the distance -5 is to zero is 5 spaces

the distance 5 is to zero is 5 spaces

 

see the number line below:

 

-7 -6 -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 +4 +5 +6 +7