## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

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# Chapter 9 - Basic Algebra - 9.1 Signed Numbers - 9.1 Exercises: 34

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#### Work Step by Step

The absolute value of a number is the distance between that number and 0 on the number line. Therefore, absolute value will always be positive, because distance can only be a positive measurement. $|-5|=5$, because -5 is 5 spaces from 0 on the number line Therefore, $-|-5|=-1(5)=-1\times5=-5$.

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