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### Course: 6th grade>Unit 5

Lesson 7: Comparing absolute values

# Interpreting absolute value

In this weight change scenario, three individuals track their monthly progress. Jenna experiences a 3-pound weight loss, while Sarah gains 2.5 pounds and Bill gains 4 pounds. By plotting these changes on a number line, we can determine that Jenna lost the most weight, Bill had the largest change, and Sarah had the smallest change.

## Want to join the conversation?

• I don't know why I am doing this
• is it just me ot does math over complicate things we didnt need to do a number line to find out who gails the most and who lost the most and who changed the least.
• It is hard to say "we" in this case, you might not need a number line, but others who are starting out with something new may need one.
• Can someone explain what Absolute value really means?
• the distance that number(or whatever) is from 0
basically the positive form of what is inside the absolute value
• Wow, he had a slight chuckle there. At o-o
• what does absolute value really mean?
• uhh basically , it's the distance of a number from 0. for example , the absolute value of 6 from 0 is 6. and also the absolute value will always be a positive.
• Bill nye the science guy
• I'm confused
(1 vote)
• is -6 bigger or smaller than -3 . I keep getting confused with negative numbers