Math Skill: Compare Integers
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Compare Integers

This topic assumes you know how to compare numbers.
To review, please see the topic Number Comparison.

When comparing integers, it is easier to use a number line to see the comparison.
On a number line, a number is always greater than the numbers to its left.

Example 1: Greater than
Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.

 - 1 is to the right of - 4 - 1 is is greater than - 4 - 1   >   - 4

Example 2: Less than
Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.

 - 2 is to the left of 0 - 2 is is less than 0 - 2   <   0

### Complexity=5, Mode=v

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
 1.   -2 --- > < = -4 2.   -1 --- > < = -5

### Complexity=10, Mode=v

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
 1.   -9 --- > < = -3 2.   -7 --- > < = -10

### Complexity=5

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
 1.   -1 --- > < = -5 2.   -3 --- > < = -5

### Complexity=10

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
 1.   -8 --- > < = -1 2.   -7 --- > < = -5

### Complexity=5, Mode=v

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
1

-2 -4
Solution
As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-2 is to the right of -4.
This means that -2 > -4.
2

-1 -5
Solution
As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-1 is to the right of -5.
This means that -1 > -5.

### Complexity=10, Mode=v

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
1

-9 -3
Solution
As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-9 is to the left of -3.
This means that -9 < -3.
2

-7 -10
Solution
As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-7 is to the right of -10.
This means that -7 > -10.

### Complexity=5

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
1-1 -5
Solution

As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-1 is to the right of -5.
This means that -1 > -5.
2-3 -5
Solution

As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-3 is to the right of -5.
This means that -3 > -5.

### Complexity=10

Use >, <, or = to relate the two numbers.
1-8 -1
Solution

As you move left of the number line, the numbers become smaller in value.
As you move right of the number line, the numbers become greater in value.

-8 is to the left of -1.
This means that -8 < -1.