### How to Find the Smaller 5-Digit Number

When faced with two five-digit numbers, how do you know which one is smaller? Let’s break it down with a few easy steps!

#### Step 1: Start with the First Digit

The first digit is the most important because it represents the largest place value: the **ten-thousands** place. The number with the smaller first digit is the smaller number.

**Example:**

Compare 84237 and 73245:

- First digit of 84237 = 8
- First digit of 73245 = 7

Since 7 is smaller than 8, **73245** is the smaller number.

#### Step 2: Check the Second Digit (If Needed!)

If the first digits are the same, move to the next digit: the **thousands** place.

**Example:**

Compare 54123 and 56789:

- First digits: Both are 5, so move to the second digit.
- Second digits: 4 vs. 6.

Since 4 is smaller than 6, **54123** is the smaller number.

#### Step 3: Keep Going Until You Find a Difference

If the first and second digits are the same, keep going! Check the hundreds, tens, and then the ones place until you find the smaller digit.

**Example:**

Compare 47812 and 47815:

- First digits: 4 and 4.
- Second digits: 7 and 7.
- Third digits: 8 and 8.
- Fourth digits: 1 and 1.
- Fifth digits: 2 vs. 5.

Since 2 is smaller than 5, **47812** is the smaller number.

#### Quick Recap:

- Compare the first digit (ten-thousands place).
- If they’re the same, compare the next digit (thousands place).
- Continue until you find the smaller digit.