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Ordering & Comparing Numbers to 1000

When you are comparing numbers up to 10,000 you need to look at the value of the thousands digit (unless the number is 10,000).

The number with the larger thousands digit will be the bigger number, as the thousands digit will be the most significant digit.

If the numbers have the same thousands digit, then look at the hundreds digit next and see which is more.

If the numbers have the same hundreds digit, then look at the tens digit to find out which is bigger, and so on.

Examples

  • 4263 > 4193
    the thousands digits are the same, but the 1st number has a bigger hundreds digit.
  • 7826 < 9014
    the 1st number's thousands digits is 7, the 2nd number's is 9.
  • 1407 < 1423
    the thousands and hundreds digits are the same, but the 2nd number has a higer tens digit.
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