Simple steps for solving absolute value and integer word problems
An easy to practice absolute value and integers word problems onlines designed with simple steps for solving absolute value and integer word problems.
Before we move on, we must recall that the absolute value of a number is denoted by two vertical lines enclosing the number. For instance the absolute value of the number 3 is written as, |3| = 3. This means that distance from 0 is 3 units.
As we begin to solve problems with absolute values, it is important to read the problem at least twice to have a better understanding. Next, translate word problems into mathematical expressions.
Number lines are equally the best to use when finding absolute values. A few examples below will give your kids a clearer picture of how to find absolute values;
- |3| = 3means “the absolute value of 3 is 3.”
- |–3| = 3 means “the absolute value of –3 is 3.”
- |–5 – x| means “the absolute value of the expression –5 minus x.”
- –|x| means “the negative of the absolute value of x.”