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Absolute values

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Can someone give me a n00b lesson in absolute values, i though i remembered, but i don't.

I got stuck on a

[tex]-|-8|[/tex]


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Chi Meson
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Read this as "negative one times the absolute value of negative eight."

zat help?
 
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What is |-8|?

What is the negative of that?
 
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Chi Meson said:
Read this as "negative one times the absolute value of negative eight."

zat help?
this is integers right?

so uhm..
[tex]-1|-8| = 7[/tex] ?
 
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No, the absolute value means that you "make the number positive", if it's negative.

It can be defined by saying:
|x| = x if x ≥ 0
|x| = -x if x < 0

Which is just a more mathematical way of saying that positives stay positive and negatives become positives.

A few examples may help:
|2| = 2
|-3| = 3
|0| = 0
|-5/3| = 5/3

Now, you can solve yours?
 
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-|-8|= 8

right?
 
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What is |-8| ? And then again a -, since it say - (|-8|)
 
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TD said:
What is |-8| ? And then again a -, since it say - (|-8|)
So the answer is -8
 
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that's right.
 
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Thank you ^.^ so can i get a laymens explanation(if that is possible) on how this answer is achieved?
 
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-(|-8|) is two functions nested: g(f(-8)) where f(x) = |x| and g(y) = -y. With nested functions you begin to peel the onion from the inside, as it were. So you first figure f(-8) is |-8| which is 8 (why?). Then you substitute this answer for y = f(x), inside g and now you have g(8) = -8. Make sense?
 
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Do you see where you went wrong with the first one?
[tex]-1|-8| = 7[/tex]

I think you recognized that |-8|= 8 but then you subtracted 1

-|-8| or -1|-8| does not mean subtract the two numbers- it means multiply!
 
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HallsofIvy said:
Do you see where you went wrong with the first one?
[tex]-1|-8| = 7[/tex]

I think you recognized that |-8|= 8 but then you subtracted 1

-|-8| or -1|-8| does not mean subtract the two numbers- it means multiply!
thank you.
 

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