### What is less then and greater then?

The mathematical symbol for 'less than' is < and for 'greater than' is > On the keyboard, < is found over the comma, while > is found over the period, or full stop. One way to remember which way the symbols go is this: BIGGER > smaller smaller < BIGGER or 2 > 1 (2 is greater than 1) 1 < 2 (1 is less than 2)

### When you multiply two rational numbers will you always get a number that is smaller than the two factors?

No. A rational number is ANY number that can be represented as one integer over a second integer (which cannot be zero). There is no requirement that the top integer is less than the bottom integer (an improper fraction is still a rational number - all integers are rational numbers as they can be represented as an improper fraction with a 1 as the denominator). Only if both rational numbers are less than 1 will…