# How do you evaluate #abs16+abs(-5)#?

##### 1 Answer

Dec 30, 2016

#### Explanation:

The

#color(blue)"absolute value"# is always#color(red)"positive".# This is because it gives a measure of how far a value is from zero, irrespective of it's sign.

#"That is " |-4|=|4|=4# since -4 and 4 are both 4 units from zero.

#rArr|16|+|-5|=16+5=21#