# 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: \(|-6|=6\).