## Basic College Mathematics (9th Edition)

a.$3\gt-7$ is equivalent to 'three is greater than negative seven' in words. This is because 3 is to the right of -7 on the number line. Therefore, 3 has a value that is greater than -7. b. $12\lt22$ is equivalent to 'twelve is less than twenty-two' in words. This is because 12 is to the left of 22 on the number line. Therefore, 12 has a value that is less than 22.