How to graph the absolute value of Y = X - 1. I'm Bon Crowder with MathFour.com and we're going to graph this equation Y = the absolute value of X - 1 and we're going to do it using translations. So I'm first going to graph Y = absolute value of X which looks like this, it's a nice little V with a positive slope on the right hand side and a negative slope on the left hand side. So this is Y = absolutely value of just X. The -X tells us that we can go to the right one unit and draw the same graph just scooched over a bit and there we have Y = the absolute value of X - 1 and that's how you graph the equation Y = absolute value of X - 1. I'm Bon Crowder with MathFour.com. Enjoy.