# How do you solve absy=5?

$y = \pm 5$
Whenever there is an equation to solve, what is actually being asked is to find out the set of values that satisfy the equation. In this case, we know that $y = + 5$ and $y = - 5$ would satisfy the equation. Thus the solution is $y = \pm 5$.
In general, if you have $\left\mid y \right\mid = x$, where $x$ is a real number, you may always write $y = \pm x$.