Mnemonic for Less Than and Greater Than
Date: 08/11/99 at 15:01:18 From: Ron Papworth Subject: Less than or Greater than? I am trying to teach my 8-year-old the greater than and less than symbols. What was that old adage for telling how to read them correctly? It was something to do with the < symbol being a mouth that would eat the larger number. Do you know what I am referring to?
Date: 08/16/99 at 16:54:50 From: Doctor TWE Subject: Re: Less than or Greater than? Hi Ron - Your recollection of the mnemonic (memory aid) is right. The way I've heard it (with appropriate illustrations) was that an alligator - which is notoriously hungry - always wants to eat the larger number. 3 < 8 Alligator wants to eat the 8, so 3 is less than 8 5 > 2 Alligator wants to eat the 5, so 5 is greater than 2 I guess you can modernize it and simplify the drawing by calling it a hungry Pac-Man instead. - Doctor Twe, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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