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Finding absolute values
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Description
Exercise Name: Finding absolute values
Math Missions: 6th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Arithmetic essentials Math Mission, Pre-algebra Math Mission, Algebra basics Math Mission, Mathematics I Math Mission
Types of Problems: 1

The Finding absolute values exercise appears under the 6th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Arithmetic essentials Math Mission, Pre-algebra Math Mission, Algebra basics Math Mission and Mathematics I Math Mission. This exercise introduces the concept of absolute value.

Types of Problems

There is one type of problem in this exercise:

  1. Find the absolute value: This problem provides an absolute value problem and asks the user to find the outcome of the expression.
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    Find the absolute value

Strategies

This exercise is easy to get accuracy badges and speed badges because there is only one type of problem and with knowledge of absolute value it is very straight-forward.

  1. The absolute value is the magnitude of the distance from zero.
  2. More algebraically, absolute value of a positive number is the number, whereas absolute value of a negative number is the opposite of that number.
  3. Sometimes it is convenient to think of absolute value as the "positive" of the number provided.
  4. The numbers on this exercise can sometimes involve decimals.
  5. The answer will always be positive (except possibly zero).

Real-life Applications

  1. Absolute value can be used to describe distances between sea level.
  2. Negative numbers are used to describe values on a scale that goes below zero, such as the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales for temperature.

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