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### 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 ${\text{greater than}}$, ${\text{less than}}$, or ${\text{equal to}}$ the second number.

### Greater than

The symbol for ${\text{greater than}}$ is $>$.
$19$ is ${\text{greater than}}$ $4$. So, we can use the $>$ symbol and write $19>4$.

### Less than

The symbol for ${\text{less than}}$ is $<$.
$23$ is ${\text{less than}}$ $80$. So, we can use the $<$ symbol and write $23<80$.
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 ${\text{equal to}}$ is $=$.
$35$ is ${\text{equal to}}$ $35$. So, we can use the $=$ symbol and write $35=35$.
Want to learn more about comparison symbols? Check out this video.

## Practice

Problem 1
Fill in the blank.
$48$ __ $43$

Want to try more problems like this? Check out this exercise.

## Want to join the conversation?

• Can we compare decimals too?
• Yes you can. Like this 0.34 > 0.23 or 0.45 < 0.87
• If 50<61 can be written as 61>50, then why do we need both the symbols? Can't we just use one of them?