Absolute Value
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The absolute value of a number can be considered as the distance
between 0 and that number on the real number line.


Remember that distance is always a positive quantity (or zero). 
The distance in the diagram above from +4 to 0 is 4 units and the distance from -3 to 0 is 3 units.  These units are never negative values.

Using absolute value, we write this as:


The rule for computing absolute value is:







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