# How do you know which x values to choose when creating a table of values for an absolute value equation?

I would start with the number that makes the expression inside the absolute value zero then choose a few $x$-values before and after that number; for example, if you have $y = | x - 2 |$, then I would use: $x = - 1 , 0 , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5$.