# less than greater than question

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ok, call me daffy if you will but I can never remember whether this is > greater than or this is3sec is that right?

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Specializes in Obstetrics, M/S, Psych.

I used to have problems with that all the time!!

> is greater

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Just remember the less than sign looks like an "L"....

Hope this helps!!!

810 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg.

Ok...I learned a really dumb method of remembering this. LOL

Picture the 3 means that the number is greater than 3, and

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Specializes in Operating Room (and a bit of med/surg).

Never say it's dumb!! That's how I remember it too... I remember actually drawing teeth on them when I was little... My teacher always wondered why I was so slow at math......

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Specializes in Obstetrics, M/S, Psych.

Hehe...well as long as we're sharing memory tricks...here's mine on the greater/lesser than symbols:

When I was growing up, there was no GREATER desire for little girls, than to have breasts or " > "

Worked for me!!

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i learned that if the point was facing left "" he he he...

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I learned that less than looks like an "L" . . .

That seemed the easiest for me.

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Specializes in Med/Surg, Ortho.

I found if i remember that the side that has the most distance between the lines, (greater distance) will be the biggest number.

Hence,, a temp >101 (greater thAN 101)

Patient has maintained a temp

good luck,,

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Thanks so much everyone. I will remember it !

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Originally posted by memphispanda

Ok...I learned a really dumb method of remembering this. LOL

Picture the 3 means that the number is greater than 3, and

That's how I learned it too. We had the big alligator mouth eating the bigger number. It's one of those things that I always remember now.

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Specializes in private duty/home health, med/surg.

I do what Mishi does---you can make the

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