Main content

## Early math review

### 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 start text, start color #11accd, g, r, e, a, t, e, r, space, t, h, a, n, end color #11accd, end text, start text, start color #1fab54, l, e, s, s, space, t, h, a, n, end color #1fab54, end text, or start text, start color #7854ab, e, q, u, a, l, space, t, o, end color #7854ab, end text the second number.

### Greater than

The symbol for start text, start color #11accd, g, r, e, a, t, e, r, space, t, h, a, n, end color #11accd, end text is start color #11accd, is greater than, end color #11accd.

19 is start text, start color #11accd, g, r, e, a, t, e, r, space, t, h, a, n, end color #11accd, end text 4. So, we can use the start color #11accd, is greater than, end color #11accd symbol and write 19, start color #11accd, is greater than, end color #11accd, 4.

### Less than

The symbol for start text, start color #1fab54, l, e, s, s, space, t, h, a, n, end color #1fab54, end text is start color #1fab54, is less than, end color #1fab54.

23 is start text, start color #1fab54, l, e, s, s, space, t, h, a, n, end color #1fab54, end text 80. So, we can use the start color #1fab54, is less than, end color #1fab54 symbol and write 23, start color #1fab54, is less than, end color #1fab54, 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 start text, start color #7854ab, e, q, u, a, l, space, t, o, end color #7854ab, end text is start color #7854ab, equals, end color #7854ab.

35 is start text, start color #7854ab, e, q, u, a, l, space, t, o, end color #7854ab, end text 35. So, we can use the start color #7854ab, equals, end color #7854ab symbol and write 35, start color #7854ab, equals, end color #7854ab, 35.

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

## Want to join the conversation?

- some facts o math can be hard but if you beleve in yourself and take a breath you can get the anser(29 votes)
- I totally agree with you, you just have to keep practicing and they will get easier.(19 votes)

- The Grater And Less than Symbol is Confusing because they look the same(7 votes)
- It's true, they can be confusing when you first get exposed. One way that I used to remember it is by thinking that the larger number is referred to by the larger side of the ">" or "<" (the larger side of < is the right side). This method serves as a nice transition to thinking about the signs in their intended fashion, where you just compare the left number to the rigt number.

For example:

a > b

Since the left side of the greater than symbol is more spread apart (i.e. bigger) than the right side, a must be bigger than b.(17 votes)

- How can I go on to the next batch? This is stuck.(10 votes)
- probably wifi error(4 votes)

- will it be a harder one in the future(12 votes)
- Your math will most definitely get harder in the future. Algebra is much harder. Although you are 4 years older then when you posted that you will understand(1 vote)

- i learned that 48 is more than 43(7 votes)
- Can we compare decimals too?(5 votes)
- Yes you can. Like this 0.34 > 0.23 or 0.45 < 0.87(6 votes)

- How do you play this game(7 votes)
- I´m so glad because i´m done.(7 votes)
- How do I get back to the regular screen of khanacademy(4 votes)
- Click the Khan Academy logo at the top.(6 votes)

- I finished but it is not checked of for today's lesson review(5 votes)