# Ordering and Comparing Integers

Integers are compared almost in the same way as whole numbers, but with addition of some rules.

**Steps for comparing integers**:

- If we
**compare numbers with different signs**, then negative number is less than positive. - If
**numbers are both positive**then this is the case when we compare whole numbers. - If
**numbers are both negative**then we compare numbers without signs. The bigger positive number, the smaller negative. For example, if we compare -3 and -5, then we compare 3 and 5 (numbers without signs). Since `3<5` then `-3> -5`.

**Example 1**. Compare 4567 and -12345.

Numbers are with different signs. Negative number is always less than positive. Therefore, `4567> -12345`.

Next example.

**Example 2**. Compare -300 and 0.

0 is always bigger than any negative number, so `-300<0`.

Next example.

**Example 3**. Compare -12 and -234.

Compare numbers without signs: 12 and 234.

Since `12<234` then `-12> -234`.

Next example.

**Example 4**. Compare -234 and -123.

Compare numbers without signs: 234 and 123.

Since `234>123` then `-234<-123`.

Last example.

**Example 5**. Compare -2345 and -2346.

Compare numbers without signs: 2345 and 2346.

Since `2345<2346` then `-2345> -2346`.

Now, practice a bit.

**Exercise 1**. Compare -456 and 12.

**Answer**: `-456<12`. Hint: numbers are with different signs.

Next exercise.

**Exercise 2**. Compare 0 and 12.

**Answer**: `12>0`. Hint: positive number is greater than 0.

Next exercise.

**Exercise 3**. Compare -45673 and -234.

**Answer**: `-45673< - 234`.

Next exercise.

**Exercise 4**. Compare -3456 and -3500.

**Answer**: `-3456> -3500`.

Last exercise.

**Exercise 5**. Compare -86743 and -86743.

**Answer**: Numbers are equal, i.e. `-86743=-86743`.