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Comparing Numbers

The following terms and symbols are used to comparing numbers. The terms and symbols are as follows greater than (>), less than (<), greater than or equal to (≥) less than or equal (≤) and equal. Through the comparison we can write the numbers in the ascending order and the descending order.

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Comparing Numbers Terms

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Below are the explanation for comparing number terms-

(a) Greater than:

The symbolic representation of the term greater than in math is ">". The term greater then is used to find the biggest number in the given number.

Example:
Find the greatest number in the following number
46 and 79

Solution:
Here 79 is the greatest number.
Symbol representation of greatest number 79 > 46

(b) Less than:

The symbolic representation of the term less than in math is "<". The term less then is used to find the smallest number in the given number.

Example:
Obtain the smallest number and write down the symbolic representation
16 and 3

Solution:
Here 3 is the smallest number.
Symbol representation of smallest number
3<16

(c) Equal:
The symbolic representation of the term equal in math is "=". The term equal is used to represent the same property.

Example:
100=100
100 is equal to 100
100 is the same as 100

Greater than or equal to:
The symbolic representation of the term greater than or equal to in math is "" . The term greater then is used to denote the limitation.

Example:
The pass mark of one subject is greater than or equal to 35.

(d) Less than or equal to:
The symbolic representation of the term less than or equal to in math is "". The term less then is used to denote the limitation.

Example:
Less than or equal to 25 years male only apply for this job.

How to Compare Numbers

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Below are the examples on how to compare numbers -

Solved Examples

Question 1: In quarterly examination raja got 85 marks in Science and Ravi get 88 marks. Who get high mark and represent the greater mark in notation?
Solution:
Given Raja = 85 marks
 Ravi = 88 marks
 Ravi gets higher than raja.
 Symbol representation: 88 > 85

Question 2: Write the following numbers in the descending order. 15, 48, 96, 67, 39, 94, 93, 6, 85 and 28
Solution:
By the use of less than rule we can write the above numbers in descending order.

96, 94, 93, 85, 67, 48, 39, 28, 15, 6

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