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Negative numbers and absolute value

Absolute value

How far a number is from zero.

Example "$$6$$" is $$6$$ away from zero, but "$$-6$$" is also $$6$$ away from zero.

So, the absolute value of $$6$$ is $$6$$, and the absolute value of $$-6$$ is also $$6$$.

The symbol "|" is placed either side to mean absolute value, so we can write: $$|-6|=6$$.