Dumb question

  1. Ok Im sorry Im a dummy but what does this mean

    > 100

    is it supposed to be greater than or less than. I cant read it without 2 numbers! I see alot of these in my textbooks.

    Humor me
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  3. by   S.T.A.C.E.Y
    Greater than 100.
  4. by   EricJRN
    Easiest way to keep it straight is to plug in whatever value you're looking at right before the sign. If it's talking about blood pressure, then BP > 100 would be 'blood pressure greater than 100.'

    One of my old teachers used to say that the alligator's mouth points toward the bigger one. In this case, the BP must be greater (bigger) than 100.
  5. by   Liddle Noodnik
    Quote from FNPhopeful
    Ok Im sorry Im a dummy but what does this mean

    > 100

    is it supposed to be greater than or less than. I cant read it without 2 numbers! I see alot of these in my textbooks.

    Humor me
    The way I remember it? The "Less" symbol looks like an "L"

    100< 150
  6. by   FNPhopeful
    Thanks yall, LOL
  7. by   Daytonite
    as a math person i recommend that the easiest way to remember the difference between > (greater than) and < (less than) is to think of a number line:
    less than < -4 -3 -2 -1 0 1 2 3 4 > greater than
    the tip of the "greater than" symbol (>) points to the right and to the progressively larger numbers. the tip of the "less than" symbol (<) points to the left and to the progressively smaller numbers.
  8. by   CityKat
    The way I remember it is "less than" points to the left; <

    "greater than" points to the right. >.
  9. by   MegNeoNurse
    Greater than.

    Think of it this way, the arrow is pointing to the direction it is intending
    > is pointing to the higher #s (greater than)
    < is pointing to the lower #s (less than)
  10. by   llg
    I remember it by noting that the two lines are far apart on the side of the big number and close together (come to a point) at the small number. The distance between the two lines if big next to the bigger of the two numbers.

    5 > 3

    Linda
  11. by   firstyearstudent
    "<" looks like an "L" (sort of), reminding one of "less than."
  12. by   kmarie724
    Don't feel dumb, those always confuse me too!
  13. by   ladybugsea
    In elementary school we were taught that 'the mouth' is open toward the bigger number. Or maybe it was eating the bigger number.
  14. by   FNimuaeMae
    Ok, this is dating myself, but we were taught WAYYYYY back in grade school to think of it like the Pac Man mouth....still think of it to this day like that to remember...

    Missy:chuckle

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