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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 ${>}$ .

### Less than

The symbol for ${\text{less than}}$ is ${<}$ .

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 ${=}$ .

*Want to learn more about comparison symbols? Check out this video.*

## Want to join the conversation?

- Can we compare decimals too?(17 votes)
- Yes you can. Like this 0.34 > 0.23 or 0.45 < 0.87(19 votes)

- If 50<61 can be written as 61>50, then why do we need both the symbols? Can't we just use one of them?(7 votes)
- because in more complicated problems you can come across equations that use both or won't be the same backwards and forwards.(11 votes)

- why is this so dumb(1 vote)
- not again and why did you say it?(1 vote)