# How do you simplify | 2 + 3(–4) |?

Jan 31, 2017

See the entire simplification process below:

#### Explanation:

First. multiply $3$ by $- 4$:

$\left\mid 2 + 3 \left(- 4\right) \right\mid \to \left\mid 2 + - 12 \right\mid \to \left\mid 2 - 12 \right\mid$

Next, subtract $12$ from $2$ within the absolute value function:

$\left\mid 2 - 12 \right\mid \to \left\mid - 10 \right\mid$

Now, to complete the simplification the absolute value function takes any negative or positive term and transforms it into its positive form:

$\left\mid - 10 \right\mid \to 10$