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Grade 5 - Mathematics
1.23 Compare and Order Numbers
If a number has more digits than another, it is greater of the two.
We use the symbols
> (greater than)
< (less than)
to show the comparison.
12456 > 4569 or 4932 < 10234
9234 < 20003 or 34567 > 9823
If two numbers have the same number of digits, we compare them by their extreme left-most digits. The number with the greater digit is greater.
If their extreme left-most digits are the same, we compare the next digit to the right and so on.
5234 > 4987
27987 > 26899
56789 > 56734
23456 < 23457
We can compare two different numbers by looking at their positions on the number line.
For any two numbers on the number line, the number on the right is greater than the number on the left.
Every positive number is greater than any negative number.
47 > -74
-45 < -44
Compare the following numbers. Write at least ten examples of your own comparing numbers (include both positive and negative numbers).
: Order these from greatest to least.
345 445 567 234
567 445 345 234
445 345 567 234
567 345 445 234
: 10 hundreds_____ 1,000. Choose < > =
: Compare the numbers: 285 _______ -35
Positive and negative numbers cannot be compared
: 2,345.456____ 2,445.456 Choose < > or =
: 2,300,001____ 2,301,001. Choose < > =
: 2,342_____ 2,354. Choose < > or =
: Compare the numbers: -35 _______ -40
Two negative numbers cannot be compared
: What answer makes this number sentence true? 1,872,548 ____ 1,869,987
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