How do you evaluate #abs(-4)/2timesabs(-1times8)#?
The answer is
Taking the absolute value of a number means finding its distance from 0.
First, we simplify within the absolute value bars as much as we can:
To solve this, we need to simplify
Similarly, since the distance between
This allows us to simplify from where we left off:
The clever shortcut for simplifying absolute values is to simply take the positive value of the number inside. In other words, for all positive numbers