# Express the distance between the numbers -17 and 4 using absolute value. Then evaluate the absolute value.

Express the distance between the numbers -17 and 4 using absolute value. Then evaluate the absolute value.
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Step 1
Consider the distance between the numbers -17 and 4 .
Then evaluate the absolute value.
Let x and y be a two real numbers then the distance is $|x-y|$ .
Therefore,
Here $x=-17$ and $y=4$.
Step 2
The distance is shown below,
$|-17-4|=|-21|=21$
Hence.