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# Number enclosed by 2 vertical bars

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26 Nov 2017, 23:05
Hello everyone,

what does a number enclosed by 2 vertical bars means?

thank you!
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26 Nov 2017, 23:15
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thegame12 wrote:
Hello everyone,

what does a number enclosed by 2 vertical bars means?

thank you!

Those are Absolute Value (modulus) Symbols . The absolute value (or modulus) $$|x|$$ of a real number x is x's numerical value without regard to its sign.

For example, $$|3| = 3$$; $$|-12| = 12$$; $$|-1.3|=1.3$$; $$|0|=0$$.

Check for more below:

10. Absolute Value

For more check Ultimate GMAT Quantitative Megathread

Hope it helps.
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26 Nov 2017, 23:18
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thegame12 wrote:
Hello everyone,

what does a number enclosed by 2 vertical bars means?

thank you!

The symbol is called Modulus and it gives the absolute value of the number inside the symbol (2 vertical bars).

For eg |-2| = 2 and |2| = 2.

Hope this helps!!!
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26 Nov 2017, 23:30
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The symbol is called modulus and it gives the absolute value of the number. For eg |-2| = 2 and |2| = 2.
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26 Nov 2017, 23:34
Thank you guys, so why using |-2| instead of 2 directly? This is kind of useless
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26 Nov 2017, 23:35
thegame12 wrote:
Thank you guys, so why using |-2| instead of 2 directly? This is kind of useless

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