# How do you simplify the expression  -abs(-7)?

Apr 27, 2018

-7

#### Explanation:

In regard to the order of operations, absolute value bars ($| |$) take the same precedence as parentheses. That means we take the absolute value of $- 7$ first, which means to find the distance from that number to 0 (basically, this converts any number into a positive number), leaving us with:

$- 7$

Apr 27, 2018

-7

#### Explanation:

You would first do the absolute value of $- 7$ and then multiply the absolute value of $- 7$ by $- 1$.

$- | - 7 |$

$- \left(7\right)$

$- 7$

1. Find the absolute value of $- 7$, which is $7$.
2. Multiply the absolute value of $- 7$ by $- 1$. Since the absolute value of $- 7$ is $7$ and $7 \cdot - 1$ is $- 7$, the answer is $- 7$.