Which symbol makes the following statement correct? 2.074 blank 2.66. Circle your answer. Is it equals, less than, greater than, or greater than or equal to?
Before starting this question, it is worth reminding ourselves what each of the symbols means. The first symbol means equal to. Therefore, the number on the left would have to be the same as the number on the right. The second symbol means less than. Therefore, the number on the left would have to be smaller than the number on the right. The third symbol means greater than. This time, the number on the left would have to be bigger or larger than the number on the right. The fourth symbol means greater than or equal to. This time, the number on the left could be bigger than or the same as the number on the right.
In our question, we need to compare the two numbers 2.074 and 2.66. We have digits in the units or ones column, the tenths column, the hundredths column, and the thousandths column. Both numbers in the units column are two. Therefore, at this point, we cannot tell which is the larger number. In the tenths column, we have a zero and a six. This means that this will be the deciding column.
When reading from left to right, the first column with different numbers will dictate which number is larger. Zero is less than six. This means that 2.074 is less than 2.66. The first number has a zero in the tenths column, whereas the second number has a six in the tenths column. The correct symbol is the second one, which we need to circle. 2.074 is less than 2.66.