When we compare numbers or objects in mathematics, we are looking at their similarities and differences. This is an essential skill in elementary and middle school mathematics.

When comparing numbers, we often use symbols to show the relationship between them.

- To show that one number is greater than another, we use the symbol > (greater than).
- To show that one number is less than another, we use the symbol < (less than).
- To show that two numbers are equal, we use the symbol = (equal to).

Compare the numbers 12 and 8.

12 > 8 (12 is greater than 8)

When comparing fractions, we can find a common denominator and then compare the numerators.

Compare the fractions 3/4 and 2/3.

First, find a common denominator, which is 12. Then, convert both fractions to have the same denominator: 3/4 = 9/12 and 2/3 = 8/12 Now we can compare the numerators: 9/12 > 8/12 (3/4 is greater than 2/3)

When comparing decimals, we can use the same symbols as when comparing whole numbers.

Compare the decimals 0.6 and 0.75.

0.75 > 0.6 (0.75 is greater than 0.6)

In math, we can also compare objects based on their attributes, such as size, shape, or quantity. This can involve using words like "bigger," "smaller," "heavier," "lighter," "taller," "shorter," etc.

Compare the following shapes based on their areas.

Triangle A has an area of 20 square units and Triangle B has an area of 15 square units. Triangle A is bigger than Triangle B.

Here are some tips for comparing numbers, fractions, decimals, and objects:

- When comparing numbers, always check the relationship between the numbers using the greater than, less than, or equal to symbols.
- When comparing fractions, find a common denominator and then compare the numerators.
- When comparing decimals, use the same symbols as when comparing whole numbers.
- When comparing objects, consider the specific attributes being compared (size, shape, quantity, etc.) and use appropriate descriptive words.

Practice comparing different sets of numbers, fractions, decimals, and objects to improve your skills in comparison. This will also help you understand the concept better.

Remember, comparison is a fundamental skill in mathematics and is used in various real-life situations.

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Similarity and scale Worksheet/Answer key

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Number and Operations (NCTM)

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

Understand and use ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.

Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.

Develop, analyze, and explain methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.

Geometry (NCTM)

Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships.

Understand relationships among the angles, side lengths, perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar objects.

Create and critique inductive and deductive arguments concerning geometric ideas and relationships, such as congruence, similarity, and the Pythagorean relationship.

Apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations.

Describe sizes, positions, and orientations of shapes under informal transformations such as flips, turns, slides, and scaling.

Measurement (NCTM)

Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

Solve problems involving scale factors, using ratio and proportion.

Grade 8 Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM)

Geometry and Measurement: Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures by using distance and angle

Students use fundamental facts about distance and angles to describe and analyze figures and situations in two- and three-dimensional space and to solve problems, including those with multiple steps. They prove that particular configurations of lines give rise to similar triangles because of the congruent angles created when a transversal cuts parallel lines. Students apply this reasoning about similar triangles to solve a variety of problems, including those that ask them to find heights and distances. They use facts about the angles that are created when a transversal cuts parallel lines to explain why the sum of the measures of the angles in a triangle is 180 degrees, and they apply this fact about triangles to find unknown measures of angles. Students explain why the Pythagorean Theorem is valid by using a variety of methods - for example, by decomposing a square in two different ways. They apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find distances between points in the Cartesian coordinate plane to measure lengths and analyze polygons and polyhedra.