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Inequalities on a Number Line Resource (Free Download)

Suitable for Year groups: 8, 9

Inequalities on a Number Line resource description

This resource gives examples of how to display inequalities on a number line and provides integer examples for each.

Inequalities on a Number Line

What is the resource?

This PDF shows how to represent inequalities (like x < 2) visually on a number line.  It's ideal for students in primary or early secondary school.

 

Why are inequalities on number lines important?

Inequalities are everywhere, often hidden in word problems:

  • Budgets: Your allowance defines an inequality – your spending has a limit.
  • Measurements: Heights, sizes, weights – we might specify minimums or maximums.
  • Comparisons: 'Faster than', 'heavier than' – these often lead to inequalities.

 

Why is this resource helpful?

Number lines turn maths into something students can see:

  • Solid vs open circles: Visually shows include/exclude a specific number.
  • Shaded regions: Highlights all the possible solutions within a range.
  • Supports word problems: Helps translate worded constraints into a picture.
  • Builds confidence: Offers a clearer way to tackle inequality questions.
  • Printable PDF: Handy as a revision aid, classroom visual, or homework support.

This resource makes tricky inequalities more concrete. This lays a strong foundation for understanding more complex maths problems.

 

 

Also, have a look at our wide range of worksheets that are specifically curated to help your students practice their skills related to inequalities. These teaching resources and worksheets are in PDF format and can be downloaded easily.

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