Hands-on math!


An inequality is like an equation that uses symbols for "less than" (<) and "greater than" (>) where an equation uses a symbol for "is equal to" (=).

So where the equation:
   X = Y + 5 

says that "X is equal to Y plus 5",
   X < Y + 5

says that "X is less than Y plus 5", and
  X > Y + 5

says that "X is greater than Y plus 5".

Now I have a problem for you:

Fill in the blank in the following expression for the correct inequality symbol:

   5 ___ 4

Note: There are other symbols used in inequalities, but we won't go into those quite yet.