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# Interpreting absolute value

In this weight change scenario, three individuals track their monthly progress. Jenna experiences a 3-pound weight loss, while Sarah gains 2.5 pounds and Bill gains 4 pounds. By plotting these changes on a number line, we can determine that Jenna lost the most weight, Bill had the largest change, and Sarah had the smallest change.

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• I don't know why I am doing this
• Can someone explain what Absolute value really means?
• the distance that number(or whatever) is from 0
basically the positive form of what is inside the absolute value
• what does absolute value really mean?
• uhh basically , it's the distance of a number from 0. for example , the absolute value of 6 from 0 is 6. and also the absolute value will always be a positive.
• Wow, he had a slight chuckle there. At o-o
• I'm confused
• is it just me ot does math over complicate things we didnt need to do a number line to find out who gails the most and who lost the most and who changed the least.
• It is hard to say "we" in this case, you might not need a number line, but others who are starting out with something new may need one.
• is -6 bigger or smaller than -3 . I keep getting confused with negative numbers
• -6 is absolutely smaller than than -3. As you can see from the number line, the more it moves to the left, the more it gets smaller. And the more it moves to the right, the more it gets bigger :)