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# What does the absolute value of a number mean?

###### Wiki User

###### 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** o*C for which the absolute value is
273*

**0.1** miles *for which the absolute value is
0.1*

## Related Questions

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Algebra

### What does absolute value in math terms mean?

Absolute
value
The
absolute value of a number
is the positive value of that number. For a positive number, it is
just the number. For a negative number
it is it's
positive value. So, the absolute value of 5 is 5, and the absolute
value of -5 is 5 also. Absolute value is written like this:
| - 5 |
= 5 with vertical bars around the number.
You can
think of absolute value as the distance from zero to your
number.

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic

### Distance a number is from zero?

That is called the "absolute value" of the number. For
example:
The absolute value of 5 is 5.
The absolute value of -5 is also 5.
That is called the "absolute value" of the number. For example:
The absolute value of 5 is 5.
The absolute value of -5 is also 5.
That is called the "absolute value" of the number. For example:
The absolute value of 5 is 5.
The absolute value of -5 is also 5.
That is called the "absolute value" of the number. For example:
The absolute value of 5 is 5.
The absolute value of -5 is also 5.

###### Asked in Definitions

### What is the definition of absolute value as a math term?

Absolute value
The absolute value of a number is the positive value
of that number. For a positive number, it is just the number. For
a negative number it is its positive value. So, the
absolute value of 5 is 5, and the absolute value of -5 is 5 also.
Absolute value is written like this:
| - 5 | = 5 with vertical bars around the number.
You can think of absolute value as the distance from zero to
your number.

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic

### What will happen to a whole number when it's multiplied by a fraction that is greater than 1?

The product will be a rational number whose absolute value is
bigger than the absolute value of the whole number.
The product will be a rational number whose absolute value is
bigger than the absolute value of the whole number.
The product will be a rational number whose absolute value is
bigger than the absolute value of the whole number.
The product will be a rational number whose absolute value is
bigger than the absolute value of the whole number.