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At 10:00 P.M. one winter night, the temperature was $-3^{\circ} \mathrm{C}$. At midnight, the temperature was $-7^{\circ} \mathrm{C}$. Use <, >, or = to compare the two temperatures and explain their relationship.

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Answered 2 years ago

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1 of 2We need to compare $-3^\circ$ and $-7^\circ$.

To compare negative integers, we can compare their absolute values. The number with the larger absolute value is the smaller number. Since $-7$ has a larger absolute value than $-3$, then $\boxed{-3^\circ>-7^\circ}$.

Since $-7^\circ$ is smaller than $-3^\circ$, then $\fbox{the temperature at midnight was colder}$ than the temperature at 10:00 P.M.

Answered 2 years ago

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1 of 2The temperature $-7^{\circ}$C is less than $-3^{\circ}$C, thus $-7<-3$.

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