# Thread: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

|4 - pi|

2. ## Re: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

Originally Posted by joshuaa
|4 - pi|
$4>\pi$ so $4-\pi>0$ thus $|4-\pi|=~?$

3. ## Re: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

I am not good in math, so I can not figure out the answer. Your explanation is good, but you need to give me the final answer.

4. ## Re: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

Originally Posted by joshuaa
I am not good in math, so I can not figure out the answer. Your explanation is good, but you need to give me the final answer.
If $a>0$ then $|a|=a~.$

5. ## Re: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

After a very long thinking, now I get it. The answer would be just 4 - pi. And if if we reverse the question like this |pi - 4|, pi - 4 will be less than zero. Therefore, the answer will be -(pi - 4) = 4 - pi.

What if want the answer, but we do not know the value of X, like this?
|4 - X| = ?

6. ## Re: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

Originally Posted by joshuaa
What if want the answer, but we do not know the value of X, like this? |4 - X| = ?
This may surprise you, but $|4-x|=|x-4|$.

So $\left| {x - 4} \right| = \left\{ {\begin{array}{rl} {x - 4,} & {x \ge 4} \\ {4 - x,} & {x < 4} \\\end{array}} \right.$

7. ## Re: Rewrite the expression without using the absolute value symbol.

I am not going to go deeper this time, but I have really understood what I was wondering about. Thank you very much, and I hope that we will be meeting in other questions

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