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Topic: Whole Numbers B1.2 – Compare Numbers that Have the Same Units

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Ontario Curriculum Expectation:

5.B1.2 compare and order whole numbers up to and including 100 000, in various contexts.


You can compare numbers that have the same units using a place value chart.

Compare 56 340 hr and 72 004 hr.

>  greater than

<  less than

=  equals

1. Write the numbers in the place value chart.

2. Start by comparing the digits in the ten thousands place. If the digit is the same, compare the digit in the thousands place, then the hundreds place, then tens and ones places if needed.

3. Choose the symbol (>, <, =) to complete the answer.

56 340 hr < 72 004 hr