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Equal To
Equal to sign is represented as =. We use this symbol when two or more quantities are exactly the same. It can be drawn by drawing two horizontal lines over each other with a little gap in between. Let us learn more about the equal sign along with its uses in this article.
1.  What is Equal To? 
2.  Equal Sign with Slash 
3.  FAQs on Equal To Sign 
What is Equal To?
The equal sign is a sign of 'Equality'. The definition says that it is a mathematical symbol that is used to show equality in a distinct sense. So mathematically speaking, whenever we need to express equality between two expressions, we 'equate' the two given quantities. Hence, the equal sign is the sign that helps us to show equality between two quantities. Equal to sign is mostly used in arithmetic and algebraic equations. It is an important component in the formation of math equations. Some of the examples of the equal sign are given below:
 12  2 = 10
 6 + 5  2 = 9
 2x + 4 = 10, where x is a variable
Equal to Sign
The symbol used to show the equal sign is '=' (two parallel horizontal lines). This symbol is only used when the two quantities to be compared are exactly the same. There are different symbols for each comparison aspect.
Here is a list of some of the most commonly used comparison terms and their symbols which are closely related to the equal to symbol in math.
Equal Sign with Slash
An equal sign with a slash on it is a symbol to show that items written on both sides are not equal. It is represented by the symbol '≠'. Some of the examples of not equal to sign are 2 ≠ 4, 12 ≠ 11, 7 + 8 ≠ 17, etc.
Unequal Sign
The unequal sign is expressed as '≠'. This shows that any two given quantities are not equal. For example, 87 ≠ 78.
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Equal Sign Examples

Example 1: Mathematically, if we say that the total cost of 3 oranges is exactly the same as that of 2 apples, then which symbol should we use?
a) Approximate symbol
b) Similar symbol
c) Equal to symbol
d) Congruent symbol
Solution: We know that when the two quantities to be compared are exactly the same, we use the equal to symbol. ∴ we will use equal to symbol, i.e., Cost of 3 oranges = Cost of 2 apples.

Example 2: Kim and Julie are twin sisters and their heights are equal to each other. If the height of Kim is 132 cms, what will be the height of Julie?
Solution: If the heights of Kim and Julie are equal, it means their heights are exactly the same. So, if the height of Kim = 132 cms, this implies, the height of Julie = the height of Kim = 132 cms.

Example 3: The difference between two numbers x and y is exactly 8. How can you represent it mathematically?
Solution: The given statement is "The difference between two numbers x and y is exactly 8". It can be represented mathematically using the equal sign. Therefore, x  y = 8 is the required equation.
FAQs on Equal To Sign
What does the Equal Sign Mean?
The equal to sign means equality. It shows that the quantities written on both sides of an equal sign are equal or exactly the same. For example, 2 + 3 = 5.
What is Another Word for Equal To?
For geometric shapes, it is preferred to use the word congruent whenever we talk about their equality. Another word for equal to is congruent which is used when two shapes have exactly equal sides and equal angles.
What does the Equal Sign with a Slash Mean?
The equal sign with a slash refers to the 'not equal to' or the 'unequal sign'. It is represented as '≠'. For example, 287 ≠ 478.
What is the is Equal to Symbol with a Squiggle on Top?
The equal to sign with a squiggle on top is the symbol of congruence. It is written as '≅'. It is used to show congruent figures.
What is Triple Equal Sign?
A triple equal sign is drawn as ≡. It is used to represent that one item is identical to the other. So, a triple equal sign is a symbol of 'identical to'. If A ≡ B, it means A is identical to B.
Is Equal Sign an Operator?
Mathematically, equal to sign is not an operator. It is one of the math symbols used as an equality sign showing two quantities being exactly the same.
How do I Type the Equal Symbol in Math?
On a keyboard, press the '=' key which is to the left of the backspace key. It also has a '+' symbol with it which is used along with the shift key.
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