**Use inequality symbols **

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The statement 4 + 2 = 6 is

an **equation; **it states that two quantities are equal. The statement 4 ≠ 6

(read “4 is not equal to 6”) is an **inequality, **a statement that two quantities

are *not *equal. When two numbers are not equal, one must be less than the

other. The symbol < means “is less than.” For example,

8 < 9, -6 <, 15, -6 < – 1, and 0 < .

The symbol > means “is greater than.” For example,

12 > 5, 9 > -2, and .

In each case, *the symbol “points” toward the smaller number***.**