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Posted by jasmine20 on Tuesday, February 13, 2007 at 6:12pm.

For the following set, which number has the largest absolute value?

4,-1,12,-20,19,0

Possible Answer of choice:
A)0
B)19
C)-20
D)-1

wouldn't it be postive 20 but its not within the choices.

What is the absolute value of -20?

Absolute value is the distance to 0 on a number line, so it is always positive. The absolute value of -x is x, and the absolute value of x is x too. Therefore, we can rule out C and D because absolute value cannot be negative. The answer would be 20, though that is not a choice, so the best answer is B 19.

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