# Simplify Without Absolute Values

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• August 12th 2010, 02:07 PM
fdrhs1984
Simplify Without Absolute Values
Simplify and write the given numbers without using absolute values.

(1) |pi - sqrt[5]| =

(2) |3 - pi| + 7 =
• August 12th 2010, 02:14 PM
eumyang
If a is greater than b, then
$|a - b| = a - b$

If a is less than b, then
$|a - b| = b - a$
• August 12th 2010, 03:19 PM
fdrhs1984
Thank you so much for the absolute value rules needed to solve this problem. I can take it from here.