Order the following from greatest to least: negative nine, four, 14, 11, negative 15, and negative 12.
Greatest to least means we will order these left to right from the largest number to the smallest number. Let’s go ahead and place this on the number line to help distinguish our order. Negative nine would be to the right of negative 10. It’s not as negative as negative 10. Four would be just below five. 14 would be just below 15. 11 would be just above 10. Negative 15 would be located here. And negative 12 would be in between the negative 15 and negative 10.
Numbers become smaller as they become more negative and numbers become larger as they become more positive. So we are supposed to order our numbers left to right from largest to smallest. So 14 would be our largest, then 11, then four, then negative nine, then negative 12, and our smallest number — our least number — would be negative 15. So this would be the order of our numbers from greatest to least. So this would be the order of our numbers from greatest to least.