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You flip the sign when you divide each side by a negative number.

Example: -5x>20

Divide each side by -5 to isolate x. When you divide by -5, you flip the sign.


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Q: When do you flip the greater than or less than sign?
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When do you flip less than greater than sign?

When you multiply or divide the whole equation by a negative number.

Why must you flip the inequality symbol when?

I suspect you mean the signs &lt; and &gt; meaning "less than" or "greater than". (There is no flip of the inequality sign, which is an equals sign with a line through it). You have to flip when you multiply a "greater or less than" eqequation if you multiply the equatiob through by -1. Example: you have 2&gt;1, and -2&lt;-1.

What rule must be applied to inequalities when you divide or multiply by a negative number?

You have to flip the inequality sign. If it is less than(&lt;) it has to become greater than(&gt;). If it is greater than(&gt;), it has to become less than(&lt;). If it is less than equal to(&lt;=), it has to become greater than equal to(&gt;=). If it is greater than equal to(&gt;=)., it must become less than equal to(&lt;=).

Less than or greater than signs?

Less than sign is &lt; Greater than sign is &gt;

Which means less than and greater than?

The greater than sign is "&gt;" and the less than sign is "&lt;"

What are the less than and greater than signs which are labeled?

the less than sign is &gt; the greater than sign is &lt;

What is the sing for greater than?

> is the sign for greater than.< is the sign for less than.

What does the greater and less then sign look like?

First of all, the question should be asked like: What does the greater and less than sign look like? Greater Than Sign - &gt; Less Than Sign - &lt; Equal To Sign - = Your Welcome!

What sign is for greater than?

greater than is &gt; and less than is &lt;

What are the critical features of an inequality?

An inequality must have a greater than sign (&gt;) OR a less than sign (&lt;) OR a greater than or equal to sign (&ge;) OR a less than or equal to sign (&le;).

How can you tell when to use the greater than sign and the less than signs and in math?

If the two sides of the equation are unequal, you need the greater than or the less than sign instead of the equal sign. If the left side is less, use the less than sign. Otherwise, use the greater than sign.

Do a greater than sign or a less than sign go with this 0.2093 16?

Less than.