If you're seeing this message, it means we're having trouble loading external resources on our website.

If you're behind a web filter, please make sure that the domains *.kastatic.org and *.kasandbox.org are unblocked.

### Course: MAP Recommended Practice>Unit 35

Lesson 11: Comparing negative numbers

# Ordering rational numbers

Learn how to order numbers from least to greatest using a number line. Convert fractions and decimals to mixed numbers or whole numbers, then plot them on the number line. Master this skill by practicing with examples like 7/3, -5/2, 0, -2, -12/4, and -3.25.

## Want to join the conversation?

• In the title does the word rational have any impact on ordering
• No. The definition of a rational number is a number that can be turned into a fraction. The opposite, an IRrational number, is a number that cannot be turned into a fraction, like π.
• what does" rational" mean?
• Rational means based on or in agreement with reason or logic.
When referring to math, rational means containing quantities which are expressible, as a ratio of whole numbers.
• is a negative plus a negative, a positive?
• no look at this example (-4+-5=-9) if you want to go back into positive numbers you would have to do this (-4 - -8 = 4)
• I heard in school that zero is a middle number does that still mean it is a number or a middle number
• 0 is a unique integer. It is neither positive or negative. Hope it helps
• mic quality just went 2016
• did he put the negative sign on the 12?
• yeah because a negative times a positive equals a negative.
• is -0 a thing?
• No, because 0 is a unique integer. It is neither negative nor positive. There can't be a "negative" zero since it's neutral. Hope this helps
• How to not forget what you teach