basic mathematics image
 basic mathematics image

Comparing integers


When comparing integers, you can use a number line
.

numberline-image

Any number to the right of 0 gets bigger and bigger as you move to the right.

So, if the numbers are positive, the smaller number is the one closer to 0

numberline-image

Any number to the left of 0 gets smaller and smaller as you move to the left.

So, if the numbers are negative, the bigger number is the one closer to zero

Thing to remember:

Numbers on the left are always smaller than numbers on the right.

Example #1

Compare 3 and -2 numberline-image

-2 is on the left of 3, so -2 is smaller than 3


Example #2

Compare -4 and -1

At first, you may have a tendency to say that -4 is bigger than -1 because 4 is bigger than 1.

However, this is not the case. -1 is bigger than -4 because it is closer to 0.

Also, -1 is on the right of -4

numberline-image

Compare -7 and -5

-5 is bigger than -7 numberline-image


Test your knowledge with the quiz below:





Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape





worksheets-banner









Copyright © 2008-2015. Basic-mathematics.com. All right reserved

Are you a fan of this site? Support us     Our awards!     Our partners     About me     Disclaimer     Build your website!     Advertise on my site
    Try our free toolbar     Like us on Facebook     Take our survey     Illustrated fractions     Educational math software     Math jobs     Best Teacher Sites Now     Teachers/Students tools     Search math jobs     Algebra ebook     Fraction ebook     Geometric formulas ebook