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# Absolute value word problems

Learn to solve word problems that ask us to apply our new absolute value knowledge. Created by Sal Khan.

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• Is there a term for the little lines indicating absolute value?
• The two lines on either side of a number indicating the absolute value are called vertical bars.
• Is absolute value supposed to be easy if not it seems really easy because I can even do it and i get confused when i see negative and positive numbers for absolute value?
• It's a pretty simple skill in my opinion.
The absolute value of negative and positive numbers will always be positive.
Examples:
Absolute value of -5 = 5
Absolute value of 5 = 5
• All of these absolute value tutorials are terrific. However, I still have no idea why one would learn this or, in other words, how does this apply to life or even upcoming math?
• Well, you could apply this to distance of two things from an object where west of that object(which means the object is 0) is negative and east of that object is positive. Also, you could apply this where sea level is 0 and being underwater is negative while flying is positive. Hope this helps!
• What does the absolute value mean?
• I've watched this video at least five times now, but I still don't understand how to do the problems that say, for example,:5>x |x|>|5| What is a possible value for x?
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• Is absolute value always positive?
• Absolute value just measures how far away a value is from 0. We can't measure distance in negative units, so it will always be positive.
• Well, the simple answer is that the absolute value of a number simply is the positive form of the number.
|98| = 98
|-17362| = 17362
|-pi| = pi

That's the easiest way. Just get rid of the negative sign and boom, you've done the absolute value. But that's not really the point. What does absolute value actually mean?

Absolute value is a number's distance from 0. Since we can't really have negative distances, this explains why absolute value always is positive. So how far from 0 is 98? Well, it's 98 units away, so it's 98. How far is -67 from 0? Well, it's 67 units from 0 since we can't have a negative distance, so it just yields 67.

Does this make sense? Reply if you need further clarification.
• I am attempting the Absolute Value Word Problems and i need some help with these types of questions.

We want the two following inequalities to be true for the same value of x:
x>0.5
|0.5|>|x|
What is a possible value for x?

What are you asking for? Is it a number that would make both of these statements true when a certain number/s were applied to x?
• Hi, I have math exam next week. i have watched the Absolute value video , but it did not answer my question which is:
the problem was: what is the sum of the solutions to the equation /x-3/ = 7 ?
the Choices were: -4 , -6 , 6 , 10 , 0
I Scrupled between -4 and 10 because the solution for both of them will be correct, but i had to choose only one. i chose -4, but it was incorrect.
why pleas?
the same problem with /x-7/=6
10, -10, 11, -1, 0
i chose 11, but also it was incorrect.
why -1?