# What is Greater Than, Less Than and Equal To?

Greater than, less than and equal to are three very important early learning math concepts. We have the definition of the terms below.

Definition of Greater Than:
Greater than is used to compare two numbers. It returns true (or 1) if the first number is greater than the second. For ex. 5 is greater than 3.

Definition of Less Than:
Less than is used to compare two numbers. It returns true (or 1) if the first number is less than the second. For ex. 3 is less than 5.

Definition of Equal To:
Equal to is used to compare two numbers. It returns true (or 1) if the first number is equal to the second. For ex. 5 = 5.

## Why Is Learning Greater Than, Less Than, and Equal To Important?

These three concepts are an important concept taught in school. They are used to compare numbers and determine their relationships. Understanding these concepts is crucial for successfully solving mathematical problems and also has real-life applications in areas such as finance and statistics.

We have wonderful printable worksheets for comparing single-digit numbers with mathematical symbols, “greater than” <, “less than” > and “equal to” =. Students compare numbers and then use inequality symbols to show the relationship between the two numbers.

This is an effective and fun way to introduce and reinforce number skills. As your students master comparing single-digit worksheets, they can move onto more challenging number comparisons. We have many free worksheets comparing double-digit, triple-digit and quadruple-digit.  All of the worksheets on AcademyWorksheets.com are free and printable.

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