*order*"«" that lets you compare any two pairs of unequal functions f and g; unequal means, f(x)≠g(x) for at least one x.

More precisely, these are the requirements for the order "«" you are challenged to find:

1. If f≠g, either f«g or g«f.

2. If f«g and g«h then f«h

You might be tempted to declare f«g when f(x)<g(x) for all x but that would of course fail because e.g. f(x)=x and g(x)=-x would not be comparable with respect to your order.

For a much, much easier challenge, start by finding an order for all continuous functions.