Posted by **Amy** on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 5:52pm.

when working with numbers (negative and positive)inside absolute value bars are they considered positive and bars removed?

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**Reiny**, Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:34pm
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.

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**Reiny**, Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:48pm
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

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**Reiny**, Monday, August 18, 2014 at 6:52pm
the second line of the solution should say :

= 30/10 + |5|/5x8

has no effect on the rest

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**Amy**, Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:05pm
ok

new problem |-32|/8 - |9x2| + |4| =

32/8 - 18 + 4 = -10

am I on the right track

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**Reiny**, Monday, August 18, 2014 at 7:53pm
Yessss!!!

Looks like you got it

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