Comparing Numbers

It is good to know if one number is the same as, or smaller than, or bigger than, another number:

We use These Signs to compare numbers:


When two values are equal,
we use the "equals" sign

example: 2+2 = 4

When one value is smaller than another,
we can use a "less than" sign.

example: 3 < 5

When one value is bigger than another,
we can use a "greater than" sign

example: 9 > 6

Less Than and Greater Than

The "less than" sign and the "greater than" sign look like a "V" on its side, don't they?

To remember which way around the "<" and ">" signs go, just remember:

  • BIG > small
  • small < BIG

The "small" end always points to the smaller number, like this:

greater than sign

Greater Than Symbol: BIG > small



10 > 5

"10 is greater than 5"

Try It Yourself !

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