# Python abs() Function

## title: Python Abs Function

In Python 3,`abs()` is a built-in function that computes the absolute value of any number. The absolute value of a number “means only how far a number is from 0” 1 It takes one argument `x`, and the argument can even be a complex number, in which case its modulus is returned.

## Argument

It takes one argument `x` – either an integer, or decimal, or complex number, or any mathematical expression in general.

## Return Value

The return value would be a positive number or zero. Even if a complex number is passed, it would return its magnitude, computed as per complex number algebra.

• A complex number is passed – It would return its modulus i.e., magnitude, computed as per complex number algebra.
• A mathematical expression is passed – It would return its `|result|`, computed as per BODMAS rule.

## Code Sample

``````print(abs(3.4)) # prints 3.4
print(abs(-6)) # prints 6
print(abs(3 + 4j)) # prints 5.0, because |3 + 4j| = 5
print(abs(-4.6))  # prints 4.6
print(abs(3 + 4 - 6 * 3.4)) # prints 13.4, because |3 + 4 - (6 * 3.4)| = |3 + 4 - 20.4| = |-13.4| = 13.4
print(abs(3 - 4j - 3 - 4j)) # prints 8.0, because |(3 - 3) + (- 4j - 4j)| = 8.0``````

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### Sources

1. Math Is Fun. Accessed: October 25, 2017