# Which is bigger: 56 cm or 6 cm?

Aug 16, 2016

56 cm is more than 6cm.

Aug 18, 2016

56

#### Explanation:

Both 6 and 56 are on the same side of 0 on the number line. 56 is further away from 0 than is 6. So 56 is the 'greater' number.

Mathematically there is a big difference between bigger and 'greater than'. The number that is to the right on the number line is the greater number.

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Have a look at:

A $\underline{\text{larger number}}$ is considered as 'bigger than'

$- 36$ is a larger number than $- 3$ so -36 is bigger than -3.

But $- 36$ is to the left of $- 3$ so its 'value' is 'less than'.

The further away from 0 is the number the 'bigger' it is. So -39 is bigger than -36 but value wise -39 is 'less than' -36.

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