Descending Order

  • If the information is sorted from highest to lowest, it is said to be in descending order. For example 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 are arranged in descending order.

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  • If the numbers are arranged from the largest to the smallest number, it is said to be in descending order.

We will study about descending order through its examples to understand the concept better. In simple words, descending order is defined as an arrangement in highest to lowest format. These concepts are related to decimals, numbers, fractions or amount of money.

Example of Descending Order

24, 20, 18, 12, 7 are arranged in descending order.

Descending Order Alphabet

As we know descending order means to go from biggest to smallest. In alphabets from A to Z, the descending order will be from Z to A.

Z, Y, X, W, V, U, T, S, R, Q, P, O, N, M, L, K, J, I, H, G, F, E, D, C, B, A.

You could be asked to arrange numbers, be it whole, real, fractions or decimals in descending or ascending order. Below are some example questions from descending order concept which will help you to get through with this concept.

Descending Order

Descending Order Symbol

The symbol used to represent the order in descending form is ‘ > ‘. It shows the given sequence in increasing to decreasing order. Example: numbers from 1 to 10 can be represented in this form using the descending symbol. 10 > 9 > 8 > 7 > 6  > 5 > 4 > 3 > 2 >1.

Practice Questions on Descending Order Numbers:

    • Example 1: Arrange the given numbers in Descending order:
99, 101, 54, 87, 49, 34, 107, 89, 09, 16

Solution:

To arrange the given numbers in descending order, place them from largest to the smallest number as shown below:

107, 101, 99, 89, 87, 54, 49, 34, 16, 09
    • Example 2: Arrange the given numbers in Descending order:
32 , 52 , 42 , 62

Solution:

      • 32 = 3 x 3 = 9
      • 52 = 5 x 5 = 25
      • 24 = 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 16
      • 62 = 6 x 6 = 36

The numbers are arranged in descending order

36, 25, 16, 9

62 > 52 > 42 > 32

    • Example 3: Five kids empties their piggy bank. These are the amounts of coins each one had in their piggy banks :
Rs 110, Rs 450, Rs 50, Rs 80, Rs 76

Write this amount of money in descending order.

Solution:

Rs 450, Rs 110, Rs 80, Rs 76, Rs 50
    • Example 4: List the following dates in Descending Order.
3rd Jan 2018 7th May 2018 1st Jan 2018

Solution:

7th May 2018, 3rd Jan 2018 1st Jan 2018
    • Example 5: Arrange the following numbers in Descending order?
9, 8, 2, 7, 3, 6, 4, 5, 11, 90, 32, 56, 78, 34, 76, 23, 65, 1, 54, 98, 53, 30

Solution :

98, 90, 78, 76, 65, 56, 54, 53, 34, 32, 30, 23, 11, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

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The point on the x-axis which is equidistant from (2, –5) and (–2, 9) is