Absolute value of a number is the distance of the number from zero for example if it is like -4 and 8 it is 4 and 8 and the 8 is 8 away from zero and the four is 4 away from zero. So the absolute value is 4 and 8. You do not have to pay attention to the symbols. For example it looks like this |-4| = 4 and the 8 would look like this |8| = 8 this is the absolute value equation.