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What does the absolute value of a number mean?

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September 28, 2011 5:49AM

The absolute value of a number is the distance that number is from zero.

A more accurate description is to say the absolute value of a number is the value of the number regardless of its "+" or "-" sign, which is also known technically as its "polarity".

Further notes

The "value" of any particular number means the quantity or amount of some things which that number represents.

Just a few examples of some values are shown in bold below:

5 apples for which the absolute value is 5

-12 volts for which the absolute value is 12

1000 houses for which the absolute value is 1000

-273 oC for which the absolute value is 273

0.1 miles for which the absolute value is 0.1