## The Mathematical Symbol "Greater-Than Sign (>)"

The > Symbol in Mathematics: Greater-Than Sign

One of the foundational symbols in mathematics and programming alike, the > symbol, also known as the "Greater-Than Sign", is used to indicate that a value is larger than another.

## Usage

The primary function of the > sign is to compare two numbers. When placed between two values, it conveys that the value on its left is greater than the value on its right. It's a fundamental relation in orderings, arithmetic, algebra, and countless other mathematical domains.

## Examples

**Example 1:**Basic Arithmetic:

When comparing the numbers 5 and 3, we can denote that five is greater than three by writing it as \( 5 > 3 \).**Example 2:**Algebraic Inequalities:

Consider an equation where \( x \) is a variable: \( x + 2 > 7 \). This inequality expresses that whatever the value of \( x \) might be, when you add 2 to it, the result will be greater than 7.

To summarize, the > symbol is pivotal for expressing relations of magnitude between numbers, variables, or mathematical expressions. Its presence is common across mathematics and even extends to computer programming, where it's often used in conditional statements and loops.

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## Codes for the > Symbol

The Symbol | > | |

Alt Code | Alt 62 | |

HTML Code | > | |

HTML Entity | > | |

CSS Code | \003E | |

Hex Code | > | |

Unicode | U+003E |

## How To Insert the > Symbol

(Method 1) Copy and paste the symbol.

The easiest way to get the > symbol is to copy and paste it into your document.Bear in mind that this is a UTF-8 encoded character. It must be encoded as UTF-8 at all stages (copying, replacing, editing, pasting), otherwise it will render as random characters or the dreaded �.

(Method 2) Use the "Alt Code."

If you have a keyboard with a numeric pad, you can use this method. Simply hold down the Alt key and type 62. When you lift the Alt key, the symbol appears. ("Num Lock" must be on.)(Method 3) Use the HTML Decimal Code (for webpages).

HTML Text | Output |
---|---|

<b>My symbol: ></b> | My symbol: > |

(Method 4) Use the HTML Entity Code (for webpages).

HTML Text | Output |
---|---|

<b>My symbol: ></b> | My symbol: > |

(Method 5) Use the CSS Code (for webpages).

CSS and HTML Text | Output |
---|---|

<style> span:after { content: "\003E";} </style> <span>My symbol:</span> | My symbol: > |

(Method 6) Use the HTML Hex Code (for webpages and HTML canvas).

HTML Text | Output |
---|---|

<b>My symbol: ></b> | My symbol: > |

**0x003E**to place the > symbol on your canvas. For example:

JavaScript Text |
---|

const x = "0x"+"E9" ctx.fillText(String.fromCodePoint(x), 5, 5); |

Output |

> |

(Method 7) Use the Unicode (for various, e.g. Microsoft Office, JavaScript, Perl).

The Unicode for > is**U+003E**. The important part is the hexadecimal number after the

**U+**, which is used in various formats. For example, in Microsoft Office applications (e.g. Word, PowerPoint), do the following:

Type | Output |
---|---|

003E [Hold down Alt] [Press x] | > (The 003E turns into >. Note that you can omit any leading zeros.) |

JavaScript Text | Output |
---|---|

let str = "\u003E" document.write("My symbol: " + str) | My symbol: > |

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Mathematics is a universal language that is used to describe and understand the intricacies of the universe. At the heart of this language are symbols, concise representations that convey specific meanings and ideas.Just as letters come together to form words in spoken languages, mathematical symbols combine to form expressions and equations, encapsulating intricate ideas in a compact form. The history of these symbols is as varied as their meanings; some have been in use for centuries while others have been introduced more recently to describe new discoveries and concepts. Whether you are a student, educator, researcher, or simply curious, this list of mathematical symbols will serve as a guide, shedding light on their meanings, origins, and applications.

From the simple plus and minus signs to the more esoteric and complex, each symbol has its unique story and significance.