Algebra
posted by Abilene .
In my algebra b ook it says if a is less than 0, the absolute value of a is negative. But I thought absolute value was always positive! Is this a goof or is there some truth to this?

if that is what it says, then you are indeed looking at a misprint.
e.g.
a = 5, so a is less than 0
but │5│ = +5