# Absolute Value (Modulus) Calculator

## What is an absolute value?

An absolute value is the non-negative value of a number.
If a number has a negative sign (e.g. -5), then the absolute value of that number is the number without the negative sign (e.g. 5).
If a number already does not have a negative sign (e.g. 7), then the absolute value of that number is the same (e.g. 7).
One way of thinking of the concept of absolute numbers is that it is the distance of that number from 0 – -4 is 4 away from 0, while 4 is also 4 away from 0.

## Example

What is the absolute value of the following numbers? -4, -18.2, and 17 1/3

-4 – the absolute value is 4, as -4 is 4 numbers from 0.

-18.2 – the absolute value is 18.2, as 18.2 is 18.2 numbers from 0.

17 1/3 – the absolute value is 17 1/3, as 17 1/3 is 17 1/3 numbers from 0.