## Intermediate Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

$-\frac{2}{5}$
1. Absolute value means a number that is always positive, so the absolute values of negative numbers turn to positive, and the absolute value of positive numbers stay positive. So, the absolute value of $-\frac{2}{5}$ is $\frac{2}{5}$. 2. There is a negative outside of the absolute value sign, so that turns the entire number negative, $-\frac{2}{5}$.