Name: Alice

Who is asking: Other
Level: Elementary

Question: This grandmother forgot and wants to know the correct for greater and the one for lesser.....

the two are < and > Which one is which?

If I remember correctly the lesser is > ????

Thank you much, Alice

Hi Alice,

What's important is not which symbol you use but which way it is pointed. Three is less than five and I might write this 3 < 5 or 5 > 3. Also I might look at 4 < 9 and read it "four is less than 9" or "nine is larger than 4". What I tell my students is that the small end of the symbol < or > always points to the smaller number.

I hope this helps,
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