# Comparing the size of integers

Positive integers are greater than zero, for example $+ 4 > 0$. Positive integers can be written without the $+$ sign so this can also be written as $4 > 0$. Negative numbers are less than zero, for example $– 4 < 0$.

Important

When comparing the size of numbers we often use the symbols > and <

The symbol > means greater than. So, $4 > 0$ is read as, four is greater than zero.

The symbol < means smaller (or less) than. So, $– 4 < 0$ is read as, negative four is smaller than zero.

It is important that you can compare integers and be able to say which integer is bigger or smaller than another. Do you know how to do this?
 Is $3$ greater than $1$? Yes No Is $2$ smaller than $1$? Yes No Is $-4 < -2$? Yes No Is $-3 > 2$? Yes No