Q:

What does absolute value mean

Accepted Solution

A:
Before we start sticking a bunch of x's in these things, let's remember what they are. Look at a few examples: | 5 | = 5 | 0 | = 0 | -3 | = 3 So... What do absolute values do to positive numbers? NOTHING! What do absolute values do to 0? NOTHING! What do absolute values do to negative numbers? MAKE THEM POSITIVE! That's it, Baby!  That's as hard as it gets! Why are the answers to absolute value guys never negative? Because absolute values are distances!