Comparing and Ordering Integers
Why Are Big Negative Numbers Less Than Small Ones?
We are used to big positive numbers meaning a big value - the bigger
the number, the more, or higher, or longer, or expensive, or whatever
the number represents.
With negative numbers, we have to remember that
as the digit gets bigger, the number gets smaller. Think what the number
represents. Think what the value is.
- The amount of money you have gets lower the more you owe.
- The temperature gets lower, the colder it gets
- The more you take away, the less you have
Looking at numbers on a vertical number line can be useful.
Examples of Comparing Integers
Try these worksheets to practice with using integers.