# Comparing Numbers

It is good to know if one number is the same as, or smaller than, or bigger than, another number:

We use These Signs to compare numbers:

= | When two values are equal, | example: 2+2 = 4 |

< | When one value is smaller than another, | example: 3 < 5 |

> | When one value is bigger than another, | example: 9 > 6 |

## Less Than and Greater Than

The "less than" sign and the "greater than" sign look like a "V" on its side, don't they?

To remember which way around the "<" and ">" signs go, just remember:

- BIG > small
- small < BIG

The "small" end always points to the smaller number, like this:

Greater Than Symbol: **BIG > small**

### Example:

10 > 5

*"10 is greater than 5"*

## Try It Yourself !

Get practice in comparing numbers with:

- Compare Numbers 0 to 10
- Compare Numbers 0 to 100
- Compare Numbers: -10 to +10 (introduces negative numbers)
- Compare Decimal Numbers: 0 to 1 (introduces decimal numbers)
- Compare Decimal Numbers: -1 to +1 (decimal numbers, and negatives too)
- Compare Unit Fractions (introduces simple fractions)
- Compare Fractions (more fractions)