# How do you simplify - |5| - |-1| - |9| + |8|?

Apr 19, 2016

#### Explanation:

To simplify $- | 5 | - | - 1 | - | 9 | + | 8 |$
you first need to remove the absolute value signs by making any number in them positive:
$- 5 - 1 - 9 + 8$
then you just need to subtract and add from left to right
leaving you with $- 7$