Q: What do the two lines mean before and after a negative number?

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It means that the number is negative. Negative numbers are always under 0.

Yes, it does.

A positive number is greater than zero; a negative number is less than zero.

Yes.

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It means that the number is negative. Negative numbers are always under 0.

The question depends on what lower and higher mean. The number that is the smaller of two when you ignore the negative signs, becomes the bigger of the two when you put negative signs before them.

That's a negative result...

It means congruent. It is NOT 'approximately equal', which would be an equal sigh where BOTH lines are squiggly.

That it is an absolute value which means that it is literally just the number, neither positive nor negative, but stands for ALL values of that number including the positive and the negative. so for instance if you had |2| it is neither positive nor negative as that, but it stands for a +2 and a -2. Slightly confusing to explain, but... hope it's helpful.

Yes, it does.

it means to take the absolute value of the number, which means the number's distance away from zero. So negative 4 with the two vertical lines equals 4. it is 4 away from 0

Yes, it can.

never a negative number * * * * * ... true if, by opposite, you mean the additive inverse. However, the multplicative inverse is also an opposite. And the multiplicative inverse of a negative number is always negative.

A positive number is greater than zero; a negative number is less than zero.

this is a negative number -- a number below zero.

Yes, the mean can be negative if the numbers being averaged are negative. For example, if you are averaging temperatures and all of the temperatures are below zero, your average temperature will be a negative number.