Whole Number Comparison

Whole Number Comparison

  • <  is less than
  • > is greater than
  • = equals

Using a comparison symbol with whole numbers:

  • When writing the symbol, always point to the smaller number, wherever it is ....
  • When reading the symbol, always say whether the first number is greater or less than the second.

The following are examples of the whole number comparisons:

Writing a comparison:Reading a comparison:

  • 7 > 57 is greater than 5
  • 68 > 968 is greater than 9
  • 34 < 5034 is less than 50
  • 12 < 60012 is less than 600

Check Your Understanding

Test your skill at reading a comparison ....

  1. Enter two numbers between 0 and 999999.
  2. Think of how you believe the comparison should be read.
  3. Click the button "Check" and check your answer.