## carlenstar281 2 years ago Expalin!!!!! why is |-3+.2| = 2.8

1. wio

-3+.2 = -2.8 |-2.8| = 2.8

2. TammisaurusRex

The absolute value of any number is always positive.

3. amistre64

the property of length | | does not rely on direction + - a 5 foot rule is the same length if it is measured from left to right, as it is if it is measured from right to left.

4. tcarroll010

Think of the number line where you have positive numbers to the right and negative numbers to the left. If you have a negative number, then that negative number with the absolute value sign around it can be thought of as the "distance" from zero. Distances are positive.

5. carlenstar281

I still dont understand it still looks like -3+.2 = -5 where do you get the 2.8 from sorry i just dont understand

6. campbell_st

its -3 + 0.2 = 2.8

7. tcarroll010

-3 is -3.0 When you perform arithmetic on decimal numbers, you have to line up the decimal points.

8. carlenstar281

oh got it now sorry i suck at math thanks everyone for helping me :)

9. tcarroll010

You're welcome! @carlenstar281

10. tcarroll010

Good luck to you in all of your studies, and thx for the recognition! @carlenstar281