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Common Questions Common Questions # Basic Linear Inequalities

#### What is an inequality?

Great question! An example of an inequality is , which we would read as “ is less than .” We can also have variables in inequalities. For example, we could have . We would read this as “ is greater than or equal to .”

#### Common Questions   ### What is an Inequality?

Like an equation, an inequality tells us about the relationship between two values or expressions. However, the two sides of an inequality aren’t necessarily equal. Instead, inequalities tell us if one value is less than or greater than another value using one of the following symbols:

• < (less than)
• > (greater than)
• ≤ (less than or equal to)
• ≥ (greater than or equal to)

Click the button below if you want to review what these symbols mean!

We can write and use inequalities in many real-life situations. Think of an inequality as something that limits how far we can go. For example, there's a limit to how fast you can go on the highway before you're pulled over for speeding and a limit to how long you can procrastinate before your teacher loses it 🥴.

Let's look at some other situations.