Absolute Value
Absolute Value
means ...
... only how far a number is from zero:

"6" is 6 away from zero,
and "6" is also 6 away from zero.
So the absolute value of 6 is 6,
and the absolute value of 6 is also 6 
More Examples:
 The absolute value of 9 is 9
 The absolute value of 3 is 3
 The absolute value of 0 is 0
 The absolute value of 156 is 156
No Negatives!
So in practice "absolute value" means to remove any negative sign in front of a number, and to think of all numbers as positive.
Absolute Value Symbol
To show that you want the absolute value of something, you put "" marks either side (they are called "bars" and are found on the right side of your keyboard), like these examples:
Sometimes absolute value is also written as "abs()", so abs(1) = 1 is the same as 1 = 1
Subtract Either Way Around
And it doesn't matter which way around you do a subtraction, the absolute value will always be the same:
83 = 5 
38 = 5 
(83 = 5) 
(38 = 5, and 5 = 5) 
More Examples
Here are some more examples of how to handle absolute values:
3×6 = 18 
12 = 12 
(3×6 = 18, and 18 = 18) 
(12 = 12 and then the
first minus gets you 12) 
