Absolute Value

Absolute Value

• Absolute Value of a Number
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In the previous segment, we learnt about integers and the number line in detail. In this segment, we will learn about the Absolute value of a number.

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What is Absolute value of a number?

• The absolute value of a number tells us its distance from zero on a number line.
• It is represented using vertical bars to the left and the right of the number.
• Since distance can never be negative, the absolute value is always positive.

For example, the absolute value of -3 is 3, as it is 3 units away from 0 which is represented by |−3| = 3 .

Similarly, the absolute value of 3 is written as |3| = 3

-6 -5 -4

-3 -2 –

0 1 2 3 4 5 6

Absolute value

Few more examples are as follows:

(?)|−5| = 5

(??)|12| = 12

(???)|−129| = 129

• The absolute value of 0 is 0, which is neither a positive nor a negative number.
• So, the absolute value is either zero or a positive number. Therefore, in conclusion, the absolute value of a number is always non-negative.

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