**Absolute Value **

**Absolute Value**

The absolute value of a number is the distance

the number is from zero on the number line.

The absolute value of a number is found by determining how many

units the number is from zero. Since distance is always thought of as

positive, the absolute value of any number is positive. For example,

-2 is 2 units from zero, so | -2 | = 2. In the picture below, you can

see that | 4 | = 4 and | -4 | = 4, because both 4 and -4 are 4 units

from zero on the number line.