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# Comparing Integers Help

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By McGraw-Hill Professional
Updated on Sep 21, 2011

## Comparing Integers

When comparing numbers, the symbol > means "greater than." For example, 12 > 3 is read "twelve is greater than three." The symbol < means "less than." For example, 4 < 10 is read "four is less than ten."

Given two integers, the number further to the right on the number line is the larger number .

#### Example 1

Compare –5 with –2.

#### Solution 1

Since –2 is further to the right on the number line, it is larger than –5 (see Fig. 2-2 ). Hence, –5 < –2.

Fig. 2.2.

#### Example 2

Use > or < to make a true statement.

#### Solution 2

0 > –3, since 0 is further to the right on the number line.

#### Practice

Use > or < to make each of the following a true statement:

1. <

2. <

3. >

4. >

5. >

Practice problems for this concept can be found at: Integers Practice Test.

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