In mathematics, "greater than" and "less than" are used to compare two numbers.

The symbol ">" is used to show that one number is larger than another. For example, 5 > 3 means "5 is greater than 3".

The symbol "<" is used to show that one number is smaller than another. For example, 2 < 4 means "2 is less than 4".

When comparing numbers, if the number on the left is greater than the number on the right, it can be written as:

`5 > 3`

If the number on the left is less than the number on the right, it can be written as:

`2 < 4`

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Number and Operations (NCTM)

Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.

Develop understanding of the relative position and magnitude of whole numbers and of ordinal and cardinal numbers and their connections.

Grade 1 Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM)

Number and Operations: Developing an understanding of whole number relationships, including grouping in tens and ones

Children compare and order whole numbers (at least to 100) to develop an understanding of and solve problems involving the relative sizes of these numbers. They think of whole numbers between 10 and 100 in terms of groups of tens and ones (especially recognizing the numbers 11 to 19 as 1 group of ten and particular numbers of ones). They understand the sequential order of the counting numbers and their relative magnitudes and represent numbers on a number line.