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Fill in the blank space with the correct sign. Use either <, > or =.
177  $latex \framebox[0.5in]{}$  171

The correct answer is ">".


It is easy!

  • Compare the hundreds digits.
  • If the hundreds digits are the same, then compare the tens digits.
  • If tens digits are the same, then compare the ones digits.

Solution:

Observe that both numbers have three digits.

177 ____ 171


Comparing the hundreds digits:

We observe that both digits are the same.


Comparing the tens digits:

We observe that both digits are the same.


Comparing the ones digits:

We observe that both digits are NOT the same.

  • The ones digit in the number 177 is 7.
  • The ones digit in the number 171 is 1.

But, 7 is greater than 1.

So, 177 is greater than 171.

That is, 177 > 151.