# How do you simplify  abs( -31+15)?

Mar 24, 2016

$16$

#### Explanation:

$1$. Within the bars of the equation, do the addition of $- 31$ and $15$.

$| - 31 + 15 |$

$= | - 16 |$

$2$. The bars indicate that the result is always positive. Thus, remove the negative sign as well as the bars.

$= \textcolor{g r e e n}{| \overline{\underline{\textcolor{w h i t e}{\frac{a}{a}} 16 \textcolor{w h i t e}{\frac{a}{a}} |}}}$