If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources for Khan Academy.

If you're behind a web filter, please make sure that the domains *.kastatic.org and *.kasandbox.org are unblocked.

Absolute value

2 videos
4 skills
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

Absolute value of integers

VIDEO 2:22 minutes
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.

Finding absolute values

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Find the absolute value of a given number.

Comparing absolute values

VIDEO 4:07 minutes
When we compare numbers we use the concepts of greater than (>), less than (<), and equal to (=). The same is true of absolute values.

Comparing absolute values

PRACTICE PROBLEMS
Compare the absolute values of two numbers, or compare the absolute value of one number to another number.

Comparing absolute values 2

PRACTICE PROBLEMS

Interpreting absolute value

PRACTICE PROBLEMS