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# How do you decide which two numbers is greater?

Updated: 4/28/2022 Wiki User

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A positive number is greater than a negative number. If a positive number is greater than another, the corresponding negative numbers are smaller. For example, since 4 > 3, -4 < -3.

For two positive numbers: The number with more digits is greater. If they have the same number of digits, the number with the greater first digit is greater. If they are equal, look at the second digit, which will decide which number is greater, and so forth, up to the last digit. For example, 12500 is greater than 12480: they have the same number of digits, the first two digits are the same, but the third digit is the tie-breaker.

For numbers with decimals, first apply the rules above for the whole part. If they are equal, check the first digit after the decimal point, then the second, etc., until you find a "tie-breaker". For example, 0.2522 is more than 0.2517. Once again, the first two digits are the same, the third is the tiebreaker. Wiki User

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### How can you decide which of two numbers are greater when both numbers are positive?

The farthest number from zero is the greatest number.

### How can you decide with of two integers is greater when both numbers are negative?

The number with the smaller absolute value (magnitude) is greater.

### How do you decide which of two numbers is greater when one number is positive and one number is negative?

The positive number is always greater.

### If two numbers are positie how do you decide which is greater?

Example: +2 and +6. +6 is the greater number because it comes after +2 and is farther from zero.

Comparison

Compare numbers.

### What numbers are greater on a number line?

the number on the right is the greater of two numbers

### How can you use a number line to determine which of two numbers is greater?

The numbers to the right are always greater.

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### How do you decide witch of two numbers is greater when both numbers are negative?

the same nimber will apear The minus sign reverses the order of numbers. So, if a &gt; b then -a &lt; -b. Given two negative numbers, the one whose absolute value is smaller, is the bugger of the two. [Absolute value is the value of the number IGNORING the sign.]

### The sum of two numbers is always greater than either of the two numbers?

Not true if either of the numbers is negative.

### The sum of two numbers is greater than either number?

The sum of two numbers will almost always be greater than either number. The only exception would be when dealing with two negative numbers.