**Integer inequalities with absolute values :**

The absolute value of a number is its distance from 0 on a number line. For example, the number "9" is 9 units away from zero. So its absolute value is 9.

Negative numbers are more interesting compared to positive numbers,because the number -4 is still 4 units away from 0. The absolute value of the number -4 is therefore positive 4 .

The sign | | represents absolute value.

Now let us see some example problems to know how to compare absolute values with integers.

**Example 1 :**

Evaluate the following

|56 - 15| x 8 + |14|/2

**Solution :**

= |56 - 15| x 8 + |14|/2

= |41| x 8 + (14/2)

= 41 x 8 + 7

According to the order of operation, first we have to perform multiplication and then addition.

= 328 + 7

= 335

**Example 2 :**

Evaluate the following

**Solution :**

= |-7 x 4|/2 x |10|/|-5|

= |-28|/2 x [10/5]

= 28/2 x 2

= 14 x 2 = 25

Now let us see how to compare absolute values using inequalities.

**Example 3 :**

Compare the following

**Solution :**

To compare the above numerical expressions, first we have to simplify both L.H.S and R.H.S separately.

L.H.S :

= |30|/|10| + |-2 + 7|/5 x 8

= 30/10 + 5/5 x 8

= 3 + 1 x 8

According to BODMAS rule first we have to perform multiplication and then addition.

= 3 + 8

= 11

R.H.S :

= |-32|/8 - |9 x 2| + |4|

= -32/8 - |18| + |4|

= - 4 - 18 + 4

= - 18

By comparing answers on both sides L.H.S is greater than right hand side.

Hence, |30|/|10| + |-2 + 7|/5 x 8 > |-32|/8 - |9 x 2| + |4|

**Example 4 :**

Compare the following

**Solution :**

To compare the above numerical expressions, first we have to simplify both L.H.S and R.H.S separately.

L.H.S :

= |9 + 2| - |45|/|3|

= |11| - 45/3

= 11 - 15

= -4

R.H.S :

= |22 + 1| + |1|/|3| x 6

= |23| + (1/3) x 6

= 23 + (1 x 2)

= 23 + 2 = 25

By comparing answers on both sides R.H.S is greater than L.H.S

Hence, |9 + 2| - |45|/|3| < |22 + 1| + |1|/|3| x 6

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