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    which is greater

    -6 -9
    which is greater < >
    not sure, but I think the answer is

    -6 < -9
    is my answer correct?
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    Quote Originally Posted by breanna2471 View Post
    -6 -9
    which is greater < >
    not sure, but I think the answer is

    -6 < -9
    is my answer correct?
    no. -9 is less than -6.

    start with the positive numbers. we know that 6 < 9

    if we multiply through by -1, we have to turn around the inequality sign, so we get: -6 > -9

    you can also use a number line to see this. -9 is farther away to the left of zero than -6 is. the farther away from 0 we are in that direction, the more negative the number is and hence the smaller it is
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    Which would you prefer to owe me 9 dollars or to owe me 6 dollars?
    Thus the most advantageous is 9<-6 would it not?
    You know that 6<9 so the opposite is 9<-6.
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