I would appreciate any help with the tags. I'm afraid I don't know enough about what I'm asking to know what tags to apply!
As I've understood things, smaller describes a value as being closer to 0, so:
5 is smaller than 6 5 is smaller than -6 -5 is smaller than 6 -5 is smaller than -6
I'm slightly confused though about 'less than'. The word in natural use appears to just be a synonym of 'smaller than'.
5 is less than 6
This statement is fine, but the following statement:
-5 is less than -6
In this statement, the magnitude of -6 is more than the magnitude of -5. Yet, I can't find any program that states (-5 < -6) as true. Is this because the symbol < is actually 'lower than' rather than 'less than'?