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You'll find absolute value absolutely straightforward--it is just the "distance from zero". If you have a positive number, it is its own absolute value. If you have a negative number, just make it positive to get the absolute value. As you see as you develop mathematically, this idea will eventually extended to more contexts and dimensions, so super important that you understand this core concept now. Common Core Standards: 6.NS.C.7, 6.NS.C.7c, 6.NS.C.7d
One easy way to think of absolute value is the distance it is from zero. To do that, a number line comes in handy. Watch and learn.
Not only will we identify several absolute values in this example, but we will order them from smallest to largest. Content provided by The NROC Project - ©Monterey Institute for Technology and Education
Find the absolute value of a given number.
Let's mix a little algebra into our discussion of absolute value. What if we are looking for the |x|? If we know what x equals, we can do it. Follow along.
When we compare numbers we use the concepts of greater than (>), less than (<), and equal to (=). The same is true of absolute values.
Compare the absolute values of two numbers, or compare the absolute value of one number to another number.
Here are a few word problems that ask us to apply our new absolute value knowledge. As with all word problems, read them a couple of times before jumping to an answer.