## Introductory Algebra for College Students (7th Edition)

$<$ ($\displaystyle \frac{1}{2} < 2$)
On the real number line, the real numbers increase from left to right. The lesser of two real numbers is the one farther to the left on a number line. The greater of two real numbers is the one farther to the right on a number line. The symbols $>$ and $<$ are called inequality symbols. These symbols always point to the lesser of the two real numbers when the inequality is true. Both $\displaystyle \frac{1}{2}$ and 2 are to the right of zero, but 2 is farther...(to the right) $\displaystyle \frac{1}{2} < 2$