# How do you simplify 2 abs(3(-3) -5)?

Jan 16, 2017

The answer is 28.

#### Explanation:

Following the order of operations, we simplify inside the absolute value signs first.

$| 3 \left(- 3\right) - 5 |$
The first step is to multiply the $3$ and $- 3$, which is $- 9$.

$| - 9 - 5 |$
Next we subtract $5$ from $- 9$, which gives $- 14$.

We are now left with $| - 14 |$. Absolute value can be thought of as the distance from 0 on the number line. We are 14 units away from 0, but since distance cannot be negative, $| - 14 |$ becomes $14$.

We are left with 2 x 14, which is 28, our answer.