Alan Wright

2023-02-18

How to simplify $|-23|$?

Abbigail Joyce

The straight lined brackets surrounding the -23 represents "absolute value". The absolute value of a number is it's distance from 0 (so for example the absolute value of 1 is 1, the absolute value of -1 is also 1).
Now, the absolute value of a negative number is always positive. Therefore, the absolute value of -23 is 23.

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