Posted by Amy on .
when working with numbers (negative and positive)inside absolute value bars are they considered positive and bars removed?

MAth 
Reiny,
Do all calculations inside the bars following the usual rules of arithmetic.
If your answer is positive, make that your answer.
If your answer is negative, ignore the negative sign, and state the positive result.
That is  anything in here  will always produce a positive (or zero) result. 
MAth 
Reiny,
as it applies to your previous problem
30/10 + 2+7/5 x 8
= 30/10 3 + 5/5x8
= 3 + 5/5*8
= 3 + 1*8
= 3+8
= 11 
small typo  MAth 
Reiny,
the second line of the solution should say :
= 30/10 + 5/5x8
has no effect on the rest 
MAth 
Amy,
ok
new problem 32/8  9x2 + 4 =
32/8  18 + 4 = 10
am I on the right track 
MAth 
Reiny,
Yessss!!!
Looks like you got it