## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

a. $0\lt5$ is equivalent to 'zero is less than five' in words. This is because 0 is to the left of 5 on the number line. Therefore, 0 has a value that is less than 5. b.$10\gt-17$ is equivalent to 'negative ten is greater than negative seventeen' in words. This is because -10 is to the right of -17 on the number line. Therefore, -10 has a value that is greater than -17.