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Comparing Heights
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You can compare the measurements of two objects without having to take any measurements.
In cases like this, use inequality symbols.
Here are two pens, A and B.
By placing the pens side by side, like this, you can tell that A is longer than B without knowing the exact lengths of A and B.
If we let the letters represent the lengths, then we can write these inequalities:
A > B or B < A.
Here are more examples.
Here is a scale for comparing weights.
Item B is heavier than item A.
If we let the letters represent the weights, then you can write this inequality.
B > A or A < B.
Now let's use this idea to compare different heights.
Height is how tall something is.
Like length, heights can be compared by putting two or more items side by side.
Here are three plants, each labeled with a letter.
If we let the letters represent the height of each plant, then we can arrange the heights from shortest to tallest using this inequality.
B < C < A.
In order from tallest to shortest, you can use this inequality.
A > C > B.
Now let's look at an example of height measurements using numbers.
A person's height can be measured in feet and inches.
Here are three students and their heights are shown in inches.
We compare the heights by comparing the numbers.
Use place value to sort the numbers from least to greatest.
48 < 52 < 54.
Using a number line helps with comparing measurements.
As you can see, in going from left to right the values increase.
When you see numbers graphed on a number line, their relative position tells you which values are greater than others.
Comparisons Involve Numbers
When comparing two quantities, the comparison usually comes down to two numbers. Inequality symbols are used to compare numbers. Here are some examples.
Measurements Involve Numbers
Whether you’re measuring time, distance, temperature, or whatever, the measurements involve numbers. Here are some examples.
A measurement always includes a unit of measurement. Units of measurement include degrees, inches, feet, and any other way of getting a numerical measurement.
Comparing Measurements
When comparing measurements, make sure the quantities are in the same unit of measurement. Take a look at this example:
To compare these two measurements, use the same units of measurements. Express both measurements in inches and then compare.
Using “Units” for Measurements
You can also measure quantities using the objects themselves as a unit of measure. For example, you can compare the heights of stacks of Legos by simply counting the Legos and comparing.
In this example, each Lego is a single unit of measurement.
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Common Core Standards  CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.K.MD.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.1.MD.A.1 

Grade Range  K  2 
Curriculum Nodes 
Arithmetic • Measurement • Length 
Copyright Year  2020 
Keywords  comparing heights 