# Intro to absolute value

Learn how to think about absolute value as distance from zero, and practice finding absolute values.

The absolute value of a number is its distance from .

For example, the absolute value of is :

This seems kind of obvious. Of course the distance from to is . Where absolute value gets interesting is with negative numbers.

For example, the absolute value of is also :

## Let's practice!

## The absolute value symbol

The symbol for absolute value is a bar on each side of the number.

For example, instead of writing

"the absolute value of "

we can just write

.