-2 > -9
Inequalities represent values by comparing their size to other numbers.
While positive 9 might be larger than positive 2, remember that negative numbers work in the opposite way. -9 is more negative than -2, thus it is smaller. Another way to think about it is that -9 is further below 0 than -2.
There are 2 main inequality symbol < (less than) and > (greater than). The symbol opens to the side of the larger number. Because we know that -2 is greater than -9, we can make the inequality -2 > -9.