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# Abs Function

### Syntax

abs (<number>)

or
the abs of <number>
### Description

abs is a mathematical function that returns the absolute value of a number; that is, the displacement of a number from the origin, expressed as a positive number. The following list gives some examples:
Typing: abs (-1) Return: 1
Typing: abs (1) Returns: 1
Typing: abs (-2.3) Returns: 2.3
Typing: abs (2.3)
Returns: 2.3
### Examples

To put the absolute values of -5 and 5 into two variables and add them together, type the following statements into the Message Box and press Enter after each:
put abs (-5) into factor1
put abs (5) into factor2
put factor1 + factor2 into my_result my_result

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