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Course: Early math review>Unit 3

Lesson 3: Comparing 2-digit numbers

Comparison symbols review

Review greater than, less than, and equal to symbols and try some practice problems.

Comparing numbers

When we compare numbers, we can use symbols to show if the first number is ${\text{greater than}}$, ${\text{less than}}$, or ${\text{equal to}}$ the second number.

Greater than

The symbol for ${\text{greater than}}$ is $>$.
$19$ is ${\text{greater than}}$ $4$. So, we can use the $>$ symbol and write $19>4$.

Less than

The symbol for ${\text{less than}}$ is $<$.
$23$ is ${\text{less than}}$ $80$. So, we can use the $<$ symbol and write $23<80$.
One way to remember the symbols is that the larger, open side of the symbol should always face the greater number.

Equal to

The symbol for ${\text{equal to}}$ is $=$.
$35$ is ${\text{equal to}}$ $35$. So, we can use the $=$ symbol and write $35=35$.

Practice

Problem 1
Fill in the blank.
$48$ __ $43$

Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.

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• Can we compare decimals too?