Unit 2 Section 2 : Decimals and Place Value
In this section we will look at the place values to the right of the decimal point.
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Place values for decimals
The number 1.743 can be broken into four parts:
What is the value of the '6' in the number 2.164?
We can sort decimal numbers into order, just like we can sort whole numbers.
Imagine we want to sort these numbers: 0.5, 0.95, 0.905, 0.59, 0.6, 0.9
Comparing these numbers is easier if we write all the numbers with the same number of decimal places.
Now we have: 0.500, 0.950, 0.905, 0.590, 0.600, 0.900
The extra "0"s on the end make no difference to the value of the number, but they are easier to compare.
We can now see that sorting these numbers gives:
0.500, 0.590, 0.600, 0.900, 0.905, 0.950
After removing the extra "0"s, the final answer is:
0.5, 0.59, 0.6, 0.9, 0.905, 0.95
Sort these numbers into order:
0.7, 0.27, 0.72, 0.702, 0.207, 0.2
Rounding to a certain number of decimal places
If we want to round 4.732 to 2 decimal places, it will either round to 4.73 or 4.74.
4.732 rounded to 2 decimal places would be 4.73 (because it is the nearest number to 2 decimal places).
4.737 rounded to 2 decimal places would be 4.74 (because it would be closer to 4.74).
4.735 is halfway between 4.73 and 4.74, so it is rounded up: 4.735 rounded to 2 decimal places is 4.74.
(a) What is 5.79 rounded to 1 decimal place.
(b) What is 3.242 rounded to 2 decimal places?
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