# Intro to absolute value

CCSS Math: 6.NS.C.7c
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 $0$.
For example, the absolute value of $4$ is $\blueD4$:
This seems kind of obvious. Of course the distance from $0$ to $4$ is $\blueD4$. Where absolute value gets interesting is with negative numbers.
For example, the absolute value of $-4$ is also $\blueD4$:

## Let's practice!

Problem 1A
What is the absolute value of $3$?

## 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 $-6$"
we can just write
$|-6|$.

## Let's practice!

Problem 2A
What is $|7|$?