# Thread: Without Absolute Value...Part 2

1. ## Without Absolute Value...Part 2

Write the following expression without using the absolute value.

|u - v|/|v - u| if u does not = v, u does not = 0 and v does not = 0.

2. Originally Posted by sologuitar
Write the following expression without using the absolute value.

|u - v|/|v - u| if u does not = v, u does not = 0 and v does not = 0.
You can do this! Try the problem before we help you. The conditions given basically just say that you aren't dividing by 0 and that one of them has to be larger than the other, so u>v or v>u.

When a>b, what's the difference between (a-b) and (b-a)? The sign of the answer, positive or negative. The magnitude of the answer is still the same though. Try out some examples to see for yourself. What does the absolute value of anything do in the simplest sense? It makes any value positive, thus taking away its sign but leaving the magnitude? See where I'm going?

3. ## math...

Originally Posted by Jameson
You can do this! Try the problem before we help you. The conditions given basically just say that you aren't dividing by 0 and that one of them has to be larger than the other, so u>v or v>u.

When a>b, what's the difference between (a-b) and (b-a)? The sign of the answer, positive or negative. The magnitude of the answer is still the same though. Try out some examples to see for yourself. What does the absolute value of anything do in the simplest sense? It makes any value positive, thus taking away its sign but leaving the magnitude? See where I'm going?
I always try the questions on my own before posting them here. When I cannot find the answer no mater how many times I tried, I come to this website.