Lesson of the Week: Absolute Value

Definition: Absolute Value is the distance from zero.

Strategy:

Draw or think of a number line.

Count the units to zero.

Express the answer as a positive value.

Example 1: What is the absolute value of 3? The absolute value of 3 equals 3.

Write is like this...

l3l = 3, becuase 3 is 3 units from 0.

Example 2: What is the absolute value of -2? The absolute value of -2 equals 2.

Write it like this.....

l-2l = 2, because -2 is 2 units from 0.

Definition: Absolute Value is the distance from zero.

Strategy:

Draw or think of a number line.

Count the units to zero.

Express the answer as a positive value.

Example 1: What is the absolute value of 3? The absolute value of 3 equals 3.

Write is like this...

l3l = 3, becuase 3 is 3 units from 0.

Example 2: What is the absolute value of -2? The absolute value of -2 equals 2.

Write it like this.....

l-2l = 2, because -2 is 2 units from 0.

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