# Absolute Difference Calculator

## Calculator Use

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

\[ \big| \, x - y \, \big| \]## What is Absolute Difference?

Absolute difference is the size of the difference between any two numbers. You can think of this as the distance between the two numbers on a number line. Whether the numbers are positive or negative, absolute difference tells you the value of this distance.

## Examples of Absolute Difference Formula Calculations:

**1. Find the absolute difference between 3 and 9.**

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

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

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

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

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

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Last updated: August 17, 2023