# Ascending order

The ascending order is the one that corresponds to the numbers that follow a sequence from lowest to highest.

That is, if a set of figures follows an ascending order, the first one will be less than the second, this in turn will be less than the third, and so on until the last element is reached, which will be the largest of all.

To explain it in a practical way, let's imagine that we have the following group of numbers:

45, 66, 35, 67, 13, 34, 54

If we place them in ascending order it would be as follows:

13, 34, 45, 54, 66, 67, 345

It should be noted that to order a database in ascending order, today there are tools such as Excel where you can work with a large amount of data.

It is also worth mentioning that a series of words can be ordered in ascending order according to the alphabet. For example, as follows:

Aguirre, Córdova, Fernández, Juárez, Quiróz, Suazo, Urrueta.

## Why use ascending order?

We can sort in ascending order for more than one reason and in different contexts. For example, suppose we want to know, within a bank, in which agency in the city of Lima the least number of claims has been filed by customers. Then, we will refer to the first venues on the list:

Campus | Number of complaints in July |
---|---|

Lima Downtown | 56 |

South Lima | 78 |

East Lima | 80 |

West Lima | 120 |

North Lima | 214 |

Likewise, putting an example more related to the economy, let's imagine that we order countries in ascending order by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, considering the purchasing power based on the prices of the economy of each nation. In this way, we could have a table like the following:

Country | GDP per capita in US $ per year |
---|---|

Central African Republic | 710 |

Burundi | 750 |

Liberia | 820 |

Democratic Republic of Congo | 867 |

Niger | 892 |

In examples like the ones shown, sorting in ascending order could lead to a deeper analysis. For example, try to investigate what factors nations with lower GDP per capita have in common.

Descending order