## Intermediate Algebra (12th Edition)

The absolute value of a number $a$ is equal to $a$ if $a\geq0$ and is equal to $-a$ if $a\lt0$. $-16\lt0$ and $14\geq0$ Therefore, $|-16|+|14|=-(-16)+14=16+14=30$. Recall that $-(-a)=a$.