Greater Than and Less Than Calculator
Remembering which inequality sign or symbol to use in a number comparison can be difficult, but we have an easy memory trick that can help!
See how the inequality symbol has a wide end and a narrow end?
The wide end opens to the greater value, and the narrow end points to the lesser value. If we describe the image below from left to right, it reads as all the Spider People are greater (or bigger) than just one Spider-Ham.
If we flip things around, we can still read it left to right, but now it reads as one Spider-Ham is less (or smaller) than all the Spider People.We can apply the same concept to comparing numbers. The wide end of the sign should always open to the greater number.
How to Compare Numbers
Step 1. Convert the decimal to a fraction.
Step 2. Check the denominators.
Step 3. Make the denominators the same.
Step 4. Compare the digits of the numerators from left to right.
- If they’re the same, move to the next digit.
- If they’re different, the bigger digit belongs to the numerator of the fraction that is farther from 0.