College Algebra 7th Edition

Published by Brooks Cole
ISBN 10: 1305115546
ISBN 13: 978-1-30511-554-5

Chapter P, Prerequisites - Section P.2 - Real Numbers - P.2 Exercises: 8

Answer

(a) Yes (b) Yes

Work Step by Step

(a) Yes. The "distance" between two real numbers can be thought of as the absolute value of their difference ($|a-b|$). Since absolute value is always positive, the distance will be positive. (b) Yes, using absolute values: $|a-b|=|-(b-a)|=|b-a|$
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