What two numbers have an absolute value of 17?
To find the two numbers that have an absolute value of a number, such as 17, picture a horizontal number line where you have postive numbers on the right side of 0 and negative numbers on the left side of 0.
The two numbers that have 17 as an absolute value are the numbers you get when you go 17 units from the right and left of the 0 on the number line.
When you go 17 units to the right on the positive side, you get 17 and when you go 17 units to the left on the negative side you get -17.
Therefore, the answer to "What two numbers have an absolute value of 17?" is: 17 and -17.
The absolute value of 17 is 17 and the absolute value of -17 is also 17. Here it is expressed mathematically with vertical lines that we call bars:
|17| = 17
|-17| = 17
For future reference, remember that the two numbers that have an absolute value of x are x and -x.
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