You can compare numbers to see which number is greater. You look at the digits and the place each digit is in. You decide if one number is less than (<), equal to (=), or greater than (>) another number.

**To better understand comparing 2-digit numbers…**

## LET’S BREAK IT DOWN!

### Compare the number of tickets.

Gavin has 32 tickets. Amiyah has 29 tickets. 32 has 3 tens. 29 has 2 tens. 32 has more tens than 29. 32 is greater than 29. 32 > 29.

### Compare the number of stickers.

Amiyah has 84 stickers. Gavin has 87 stickers. 84 and 87 have the same number of tens. 87 has more ones than 84. 87 is greater than 84. 87 > 84.

### How to know when two numbers are equal.

Amiyah has 34 tickets and Gavin has 34 tickets. There are 3 tens in each number of tickets. There are 4 ones in each number. 34 is equal to 34. 34 = 34.

### 45 and 54 are not equal.

45 and 54 have the same digits. But the digits are not in the same place. 54 has 5 tens. 45 has 4 tens. 45 has fewer tens than 54. 45 is less than 54. 45 < 54.

### There are two ways to compare numbers.

There are two ways to show how 32 and 31 compare. 31 is less than 32: 31 < 32. 32 is greater than 31: 32 > 31.