 # 12.03 Compare areas

Lesson

## Ideas

Do you remember how to  compare numbers  ?

### Examples

#### Example 1

Write the greater than (\gt) or less than (\lt) symbol in the box to make this number sentence true.

87\, ⬚\, 98

Worked Solution
Create a strategy

We compare the tens first, then the ones.

Apply the idea

The numbers in the place value table are shown:

87 has a smaller tens value than 98, making it the smaller number.

So the complete number sentence is:87\lt 98

Idea summary

To write statements using the greater than (\gt) or less than (\lt) symbol, the symbol should point towards the smaller number.

## Comparing area

This video looks at comparing the areas of shapes.

### Examples

#### Example 2

Which shape has the smallest area?

A
B
Worked Solution
Create a strategy

Choose the shape that takes up less space.

Apply the idea

The shape in option A is taking up less space than the shape in option B.

The shape that has the smallest area is option A.

Idea summary

Area is the amount of space taken up by a shape or object.

### Outcomes

#### MA2-10MG

measures, records, compares and estimates areas using square centimetres and square metres