# How do you simplify #abs( -9.56)#?

##### 1 Answer

Jul 5, 2016

#### Explanation:

When we take the absolute value of a number, we are asking the question "How far do I need to travel along the number line to get to this number" - and that distance can be in any direction. The distance itself is a positive number.

With the question above, we need to move along the number line 9.56 spots, so that is its absolute value: