How to Insert an Absolute Value in a Scientific Calculator

By Carter McBride
Absolute value is easy to put into a calculator if you just ignore the negative sign.

The absolute value of a number is a positive representation of the number. So if you have a negative number, you need to eliminate the negative sign from the value. If you have a positive number, you do not need to make any changes because the number is already in its absolute value. This makes entering the number into a calculator easy if you first write out the number and then put it in absolute form before entering it on a calculator.

Find the number you want to enter in your calculator. For example, -40. Remember, if the number is positive, you just need to enter the number into your calculator.

Drop the negative sign from the negative number to find its absolute value. In the example, -40 becomes 40.

Type the number into the calculator. In the example, you would just type "4" and then "0" to enter the absolute value on the calculator.

About the Author

Carter McBride started writing in 2007 with CMBA's IP section. He has written for Bureau of National Affairs, Inc and various websites. He received a CALI Award for The Actual Impact of MasterCard's Initial Public Offering in 2008. McBride is an attorney with a Juris Doctor from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Science in accounting from the University of Connecticut.