# How do you know which negative integer is greater?

## How do you know which negative integer is greater?

On a number line, numbers always increase (become “more positive”) to the right and decrease (become “more negative”) to the left. Numbers to the right are greater than numbers to the left and numbers to the left are less than numbers to the right.

## Is negative 4 or 5 bigger?

On the number line the negative numbers are to the left of zero. –5 is less than 4, because –5 lies to the left of 4 on the number line. For less than you can use the <-sign. For greater than you can use the >-sign.

Which is the bigger integer?

An integer on a number line is always greater than every integer on its left. Thus, 3 is greater than 2, 2 > 1, 1 > 0, 0 > -1, -1 > -2 and so on. Similarly, an integer on a number line is always lesser than every integer on its right. Thus, -3 is less than -2, -2 < -1, -1 < 0, 0 < 1, 1 < 2 and so on.

Is there a negative number for every positive integer?

For every positive integer, there’s a negative integer, called an additive inverse, that is an equal distance from zero. You indicate a positive or negative number by using positive (+) and negative (–) signs.

### What do you call a number that is greater than zero?

Integers are whole numbers that are either greater than zero (positive) or less than zero (negative). For every positive integer, there’s a negative integer, called an additive inverse, that is an equal distance from zero. You indicate a positive or negative number by using positive (+) and negative (–) signs.

### What happens when you divide two negatives into a positive number?

Dividing two negatives or two positives yields a positive number: Dividing one negative integer and one positive integer results in a negative number: Russell, Deb. “The Rules of Using Positive and Negative Integers.”

When do you write a positive number do you use a negative sign?

You indicate a positive or negative number by using positive (+) and negative (–) signs. Although you don’t have to include a positive sign when you write positive numbers, you must always include the negative sign when you write negative numbers. Positive numbers are bigger, greater, or higher than zero. They are on the opposite side of zero