# What is the difference between an algebraic equation and an algebraic inequality?

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Dec 19, 2014

**An equation**

The word says it all: *equal*.

In an equation, the left and right part are equal to each other. you might have the equation:

There is an

**An inequality**

The word says it all: *inequal* => NOT equal.

In an inequality, there are other symbols between the left and the right part. These symbols don't signify equality, but inequality. You have symbols like:

**Greater than**#># **Smaller than**#<# **Greater than or equal to**#>=# **Smaller than or equal to**#<=#

There usage is just as you might expect from their English meanings.

Means that there is an

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