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Absolute Value

Bell Ringer Every morning, the local meteorologist gives a 3-degree guarantee for the temperature of the day. Todays forecast predicts a temperature of 87. Each day the meteorologist is correct, $200 is donated to a local charity. For what possible actual temperatures would the charity receive money for today?

How many more possible temperatures would occur if it were a 4-degree guarantee? Explain.

NOTES Absolute Value is the distance of a number from 0 on a number line. The symbol for absolute value is two vertical bars. For example, the absolute value of 3 is 3. The absolute value of -3 is also 3.

Distances cannot be negative. Since absolute value is a measure of distance from 0, it will always be a positive value.


A) Fill in the missing values for x and y in the chart below. After completing the table, graph the 10 (x,y) coordinate pairs on graph paper. Number (x) Absolute Value (y) Number (x) Absolute Value (y)

-10 -6 3 5 9

2 0 -2 1 4

B) How would you describe the pattern of the graph of absolute value?

Task 2: Group Discussion/Class Discussion A) True or False -The absolute value of a negative number is always positive. B) The absolute value of a number is 6. What number(s) could I possibly be?
C) The Price is Right chooses winners by selecting contestants who are closest to the actual price but do not go over. Is this an example of using absolute value? Explain why or why not.

Task 3- Practice
Complete the Attached Glencoe Worksheet Concerning Integers & Absolute Value

Task 4- Making Connections

Absolute Value is a measure of distance. People often think of distance when they are deciding on taking a trip. Below is a map of Kentucky. Your task is to use the map to make a connection to what you have learned about absolute value. You may draw on the map, but be sure to explain your connection in words at the right of the page.