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Absolute Difference Calculator

Absolute Difference Calculator
\[ \big| \, x - y \, \big| = \; ? \]
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Use this calculator to find the absolute difference between two numbers.  Enter 2 real numbers for x and y. The absolute difference between two real numbers x and y is

\( \big| \, x - y \, \big| \)

You can think of this as the distance between the two numbers on a number line.

Examples of Absolute Difference Formula Calculations:

1. Find the absolute difference between 3 and 9.

\( \big| \, x - y \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,3 - 9 \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,-6 \, \big| = \;6\)

The difference between 3 and 9 on a number line is 6 units.

2. Find the absolute difference between -3 and 9.

\( \big| \, x - y \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,(-3) - 9 \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,-3 - 9 \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,-12 \, \big| = \;12\)

The difference between -3 and 9 on a number line is 12 units.

3. Find the absolute difference between -3 and -9.

\( \big| \, x - y \, \big| \)
\( = \big| \,(-3) - (-9) \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,-3 + 9 \, \big|\)
\( = \big| \,6 \, \big| = \;6\)

The difference between -3 and -9 on a number line is 6 units.



 

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