Decimal Fundamentals: Place Values Right of the Decimal

We rewrite the chart that you just saw because we are going to expand it.

The following chart shows the place values of the number 543210:

Hundred thousands

|        Ten thousands
|         |
|         |        Thousands
|         |         |
|         |         |          Hundreds
|         |         |          |
|         |         |          |         Tens
|         |         |          |          |
|         |         |          |          |         Ones
|         |         |          |          |          |
|         |         |          |          |          |
5        4        3         2         1         0

1/10 represents one part of ten:

1 / 10
plus     White Box   White Box   White Box   White Box   White Box   White Box   White Box   White Box   White Box  equals

This is written as 0.1 in decimal form and is the tenths place - the first place to the right of the decimal. Similarly, 2/100 is 0.02 when written as a decimal. This is the complete the table place values:

Hundred thousands

|        Ten thousands
|         |
|         |        Thousands
|         |         |
|         |         |          Hundreds
|         |         |          |
|         |         |          |         Tens
|         |         |          |          |
|         |         |          |          |         Ones
|         |         |          |          |          |
|         |         |          |          |          |               Tenths
|         |         |          |          |          |               |
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               Hundredths
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               Thousandths
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               |
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               |               Ten thousandths
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               |               |
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               |               |               Hundred thousandths
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               |               |               |
|         |         |          |          |          |               |               |               |               |               |
5        4        3         2         1         0.            1              2              3              4              5

You will learn how to do decimal division in the unit Decimals: Division.

We read 0.14 as fourteen one-hundredths. Sometimes people will say: zero point one four.

We read 534.28 as five hundred, thirty-four and twenty-eight hundredths. Sometimes people will say: five three four point two eight.