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 Absolute Value:  The absolute value of a number is the distance the number is from zero on the number line.
Sometimes we use east, west, north, and south to indicate in which direction we are going. We can use negative signs with distance to indicate a certain direction. For example, we can designate east as the postive direction and west as the negative direction. Then +8 would mean you are traveling 8 units east. And -8 would mean you are traveling 8 units in the opposite direction, west. In both cases, you are traveling the same distance, just not the same direction. We use absolute value to tell us distance, not direction.