** **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.

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.

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