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less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 1:44 pm
by Tess
I'm just starting out biology and chemistry at A level and I still feel overwhelming panic when confronted by these things: < and >.
I have to explain that something or other is less than Y, but I just can't remember which sign I would need to demonstrate this, and every time I try to work it out, I just fall into this overwhelming sense of confusion.

I'm fairly sure that getting confused over which way around to put letters and symbols is a dyspraxic quirk, does anyone else have this problem? Better yet, does anyone have any strategies to help me remember which one to use?

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:04 pm
by ~Jenny~
Whichever one is less has to go on the same side as the smaller end of the arrow, so if X is less than Y then X < Y

I think at least, I get a bit confused with this sometimes

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:19 pm
by Creative
Sorry I'm terrible at this! I have only just learnt that horizontal is the same direction as the horizon!

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:27 pm
by HairyLemon
I hate those more than less tha signs. The way i remember it is to think that whatever its pointing to is smaller.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 2:45 pm
by Thirteen-thirty-seven
Yes, the point goes next to the smallest thing.

I also had problems with those things.

PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:42 pm
by Spoon
I had problems with them too but if you think of the internet short hand for a heart
<3
means 'less than 3' then you can remember from there. just draw out a heart when you're stuck :p
/internet geak

PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 2:37 pm
by C
I never understood how to remember which was which out of these symbols at maths in school and I've had to use them at Uni for the last two years as I studied statistics as part of my psychology degree. I think it was nearing the end of my first year when it suddenly clicked that the symbol meaning less had to go on the side as the pointed bit of the arrow. So relating this to psychology, e.g. p = <.05 for if the sig value is less than .05 and p = >.05 for p = more than .05.

If it's really difficult for you, try writing it on a post-it note or something and looking at it every so often, like just before you go to bed every night. I agree that trouble understanding symbols is a dyspraxic trait and I know lots of dyslexic people have trouble with decoding symbols as well as letters.

PostPosted: Fri Sep 05, 2008 7:23 am
by Tess
Oh wow, thanks, these are really good tips! It's a comfort to know that you've all managed to find strategies for dealing with this stuff. And I can do my science holiday work now, too. Yay :3

Thanks for the help, everyone!

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:11 pm
by JovitaRush-Morgan
i still dont understand these and im in college!
i just ask someone to help me :)

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:21 pm
by Dan
I remember this being explained to me using a crocodile metaphor, I didn't get it, so I just remembered it without any stupid reptilian metaphor. Just remember the smaller thing is on the small side and you're done.

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:38 pm
by Alice
In primary school I was always told "the crocodile always eats the bigest number" so if you imagine the arrow as a crocodiles jaws, the open end is always facing the largest number.

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Mon Aug 31, 2009 9:36 am
by Dan
Hey guys, my worst one is longitude and latitude. I think latitude is the X axis and longitude is the Y axis, which is counter-intuitive because the longest length of the Earth is the X axis. I hate terminology sometimes.

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 02, 2009 2:01 am
by justme6565
Dan wrote:I hate terminology sometimes.


Amen to that... :|

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Tue Oct 01, 2013 12:20 pm
by Bruce
Charlie the crocodile only eats big numbers. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Re: less than / more than symbols.

PostPosted: Sat Oct 05, 2013 5:59 pm
by Paddington
I hate those symbols I have learnt them about 10 times but still cant remember :)