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what is the absolute value of a number

 Aug 27, 2014

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The absolute value of a number is the distance that number is from 0 eg. |34| = 34   |-45| = 45    -|42| = -42

 Aug 27, 2014
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The absolute value of a number (typically represented as |10| ) represents its value as a unit of its distance from zero on the number line. This means that both -10 and 10 would have the same absolute value of 10, due to the fact that they both are ten places from zero on the number line. 

Absolute values become importnat when working with numbers that would otherwise produce undefined or incorrectly negative answers in certain calcuations. 

 Aug 27, 2014
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The absolute value of a number is the distance that number is from 0 eg. |34| = 34   |-45| = 45    -|42| = -42

BluePhoenix912 Aug 27, 2014

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