# 1.15: Real Number Comparisons

**Advanced**Created by: CK-12

**Practice**Sets and Symbols

Can you order the following real numbers from least to greatest?

### Watch This

Khan Academy Points on a Number Line

### Guidance

The simplest way to order numbers is to express them all in the same form – all fractions or all decimals. With a calculator, it is easy to express every number in its decimal form. Watch your signs – don't drop any of the negative signs.

When plotting numbers on a number line, keep in mind that it is impossible to place decimals in the exact location on the number line. Place them as close as you can to the appropriate spot on the line.

#### Example A

Draw a number line and place these numbers on the line.

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Solution:
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Start by placing the on the line first. Next place the on the line.

Use your calculator to convert to decimal numbers. Place these on the line last.

#### Example B

For each given pair of real numbers, find another real number that is between the pair of numbers.

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ii)

iii)

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Solution:
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There are multiple possible answers. Here are possible answers.

i) The number must be greater than –2 and less than 1.

ii) The number must be greater than 3.5 and less than 3.6.

iii) The number must be greater than and less than . Write each fraction with a common denominator. . If you look at and , there is no fraction, with a denominator of 6, between these values. Write the fractions with a larger common denominator. . If you look at and , the fraction is between them.

iv) The number must be greater than and less than . Write each fraction with a common denominator. . If you look at and , there is no fraction, with a denominator of 12, between these values. Write the fractions with a larger common denominator. . If you look at and , the fraction is between them.

#### Example C

Order the following fractions from least to greatest.

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Solution:
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The fractions do not have a common denominator. Let’s use the TI-83 to order these fractions.

The fractions were entered into the calculator as division problems. The decimal forms of the numbers were entered into List 1.

The calculator has sorted the data from least to greatest.

The data is sorted. The decimal numbers and the corresponding fractions can now be matched from the screen where they were first entered.

#### Concept Problem Revisited

As you examine the above numbers, you can see that there are natural numbers, whole numbers, integers, rational numbers and irrational numbers. These numbers, as they are presented here, would be very difficult to order from least to greatest.

Now that all the numbers are in decimal form, order them from least to greatest.

### Guided Practice

1. Arrange the following numbers in order from least to greatest and place them on a number line.

2. For each given pair of real numbers, find another real number that is between the pair of numbers.

- i)
- ii)
- iii)
- iv)

3. Use technology to sort the following numbers:

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Answers:
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1.

2. i) The number must be greater than –5 and less than –3.

- ii) The number must be greater than –3.5 and less than –3.4.
- iii) The number must be greater than and less than . Write each fraction with a common denominator. . If you look at and , there is no fraction, with a denominator of 10, between these values. Write the fractions with a larger common denominator. . If you look at and , the fraction is between them.
- iv) The number must be greater than and less than . Write each fraction with a common denominator. . If you look at and , there is no fraction, with a denominator of 16 between these values. Write the fractions with a larger common denominator. . If you look at and , the fraction is between them.

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The numbers have been sorted. The numbers from least to greatest are:
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Arrange the following numbers in order from least to greatest and place them on a number line.

For each given pair of real numbers, find another real number that is between the pair of numbers.

Use technology to sort the following numbers:

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## Learning Objectives

Here you will revisit the number sets that make up the real number system. You will also apply the skills you have learned for changing fractions to decimals. In addition, you will learn to order real numbers from least to greatest and to place these numbers on a number line.

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Apr 30, 2013## Last Modified:

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