# Mathematical symbols – Maths bee special

December 17th, 2017

# =

This means equal to. A welsh mathematician thought nothing could be more equal than 2 same length lines. Also it can be found in every sum.

# 2 + 3 = 5 shows that 3 and 2 have the same value to 5.

# ≠

This sign means not equal to.

# e.g. 2 + 3 ≠ 7 shows that 2 and 3 do not have the same value to 7.

# <

This sign is called a inequality symbol. It is used to find the difference between numbers.

# 2<8 shows 8 is greater than 2 or read it backwards 2 is less than 8. But we read left to right so it is a less than symbol.

Some people find it hard to remember so here are some ways. This sign gradually gets smaller so on the small end the smaller number is there. On the large end the larger number is there. Another way to remember is a crocodile. Crocodiles are greedy animals and so always want the bigger thing. So make the open side face the larger number.

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A really interesting blog post! Did you find the symbol for “greater than or equal to”?