# Comparing Whole numbers

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Whole numbers are all positive integers staring from zero. The whole numbers do not consist of negative number, fractions or decimal numbers. The whole number set is represented by {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5,……}. The whole numbers can be compared by greater than, lesser than or equality. If the given whole numbers are equal to each other they are represented by ‘=’. If the given whole numbers are greater than each other they are represented by ‘>’.  If the given whole numbers are less than each other they are represented by ‘<’.

Example 1: Compare the two whole numbers 8,453 and 8,450?
Solution: Given are two whole number 8,453 and 8,450. (Four digit whole numbers.)
First compare the thousands place both the numbers have 8.
Now compare the hundreds place both the numbers have 4.
Then compare the tens place both the numbers have 5.
Comparing the one’s place 8,453 has a 3 and 8,450 has a 0. (3 > 0).
The one’s place of 8,453 > one’s place of 8,450.
Hence 8,453 > 8,450.

Question: Multiple choice question (Pick the correct option.)
Compare the two whole numbers 790 and 890? How are they related?
a)    Greater                      b) Lesser                  c) equal                     d) none of these.
Correct answer: option a.
Explanation: Given are two whole number 790 and 890. (Three digit whole numbers.)
Now compare the hundreds place both the numbers:
The number 790 has a 7 and the number 890 has an 8.
The number 7 < 8.
The hundredth’s place of 790 < hundredth place of 890.
Hence 790 < 890.