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## What does < and/or > mean in Math?

I should probably already know/remember this, but, what does mean in Math? I know it can mean less than/greater than. I just don’t know which on is which! I know you can say 5x – 9 > 12, but I’m not sure if the answer is greater than 12, or less than /.\ help?

It means “greater than” … you could reverse the math equation to 12 < 5x-9 and it would be read as "less than". An easy way to remember is to think of the symbol () as an alligator’s mouth – the alligator always wants to eat the bigger thing!

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LikeDislikeNo!!!! It literally means and/or. And, and or. Or, and or, or

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LikeDislikeyou are wrong it means greater than

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LikeDislikeThe equal sign = means and the mean less than greater than.

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LikeDislikesay i had 36809 < 36980 would is be the left one that is greater

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LikeDislikeThat didn’t help at all. Apart from the mistakes in the text I still don’t know which is which. Can’t someone simply say what means please?

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LikeDislikeLook at it this way: the point of are pointing to the smaller number. The open part of > and < are pointing to the bigger number. You could remember it by: they are mouths and the mouth wants to eat the bigger number in maths.

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LikeDislikeso means greater than, according to your post. Is that correct? In other words, <less than 500 (greater than 500 (>500). Yes??

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LikeDislikenot all of my comment printed.

means greater than

for instance <less than 500 is greater than 500 is >500 Yes??

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LikeDislikeIn def > greater than 7 twelve is greater than seven

8 > 6 Eight is greater than six

You could write it the other way, and it would still mean the same thing

7 < 12 Seven is less than 12

6 < 8 six is less than eight.

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LikeDislikeFINALLY!!! Someone who gives a clear, concise answer! Thank you, Squidgy. You have proven smarter doesn’t mean more complicated.

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LikeDislikeWhoops my comment wasnt posted correctly.

In def > means greater and 7

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LikeDislikeLike this, if you have 2176, 81 is greater.

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