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Describe what is meant by the absolute value of a number.

Introductory & Intermediate Algebra for College Students | 4th Edition | ISBN: 9780321758941 | Authors: Robert F. Blitzer ISBN: 9780321758941 177

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Problem 1.1.387

Describe what is meant by the absolute value of a number. Give an example with your explanation.

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Textbook: Introductory & Intermediate Algebra for College Students
Edition: 4
Author: Robert F. Blitzer
ISBN: 9780321758941

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