# How do you solve  | a | = 5?

Mar 2, 2017

See the entire solution process below:

#### Explanation:

The absolute value function takes any negative or positive term and transforms it into it's positive form. To solve and absolute value function you must solve for both the positive and negative value it is equated to.

Solution 1)

$x = - 5$

Solution 2)

$x = 5$

The solution is:

$x = \pm 5$