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We could use a number line to help us compare numbers. On a number line, a number to the right is always greater than a number that is to the left.
3 is greater than 1 because it is to the right of 1
–2 is greater than –4 because it is to the right of –4
The symbols used for greater than and less than are:
> means ‘greater than’
< means ‘less than’
10 > 6 (read as 10 is greater than 6)
– 3 < 1 ( read as –3 is less than 1 )
Write the relationship between each pair of numbers using the symbols ‘<’ or ‘>’.
a) –2, –5
b) 0.35, 0.4
a) –2 > –5
b) 0.35 < 0.4
Take note that:
x < y is the same as y > x
10 > 8 is equivalent to 8 < 10
–2 < –1 is equivalent to –1 > –2
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