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## Understanding Absolute Value

#### Introduction

Absolute value of a number is defined as the length or the distance in units of a number from 0 on the number line. Absolute value takes into account only the distance and not the direction. Therefore, the absolute value of a number is always a positive value because only the distance is taken into account.

The absolute value of number 'y' is denoted by

#### Terms

**Absolute Value**- The distance of a value from 0 on a number line.

**Positive**- Any value greater than zero.

**Negative**- Any value less than zero.

## Lesson

To understand absolute value, it's best to look at a number line. The absolute value of 5 (or $|5|$) is 5, since the value 5 is 5 units from 0 on the number line. The absolute value of -3 (or $|-3|$ is 3, since the value -3 is 3 units from 0 on the number line.

## Examples

#### Positive Absolute Value

$|5|$

$|5| = 5$

#### Negative Absolute Value

$|-8|$

$|-8| = 8$

#### Opposite Integers

What is the opposite of 5?

Plot $5$ on a number line