# How do you plot #-5# and find its absolute value?

##### 1 Answer

Apr 30, 2018

Plot -5 five spaces to the left of 0 ( the decimal point) on a number line, the absolute value is the distance from -5 to zero. ( +5)

#### Explanation:

a negative distance is the left or down on a number line.

This means that -5 would be five spaces to the left.

The absolute value is the distance from the number to zero either to the left or right. - 5 is five spaces from zero so the absolute value is +5. Absolute values are always positive, because it is a distance.