To put decimal numbers in order: First
look at the whole number (to the left of the If
the whole number is the same, we then look to the digits to the right Take
one place at a time (beginning with the tenth place) until the Example 1: Put in order from least to greatest: 12.871 12.781 12.71 12.178 Solution: We
can see that to the right of the decimal point the whole number is We
then look to the tenths place of each number and we can see The second and third
numbers have a "7" in the tenth place. We The
only remaining decimal number is 12.871, which is the largest of The numbers ordered least to greatest: 12.178 12.71 12.781 12.871 Example 2: Put in order from greatest to least: 4.09 3.9 4.19 3.19 3.09 Solution: We
first look at the whole number and see that "4" is greater than In
the tenth place we see a "0" and a "1". Since
"1" is greater than Next
we will compare the numbers remaining. In the tenth place are The numbers ordered greatest to least: 4.19 4.09 3.9 3.19 3.09 Remember, to put decimal numbers in order: First look at the whole number If the whole number is different, use them to order the decimal numbers If the whole numbers are the same, start ordering the decimal numbers beginning with the tenth place and moving to the right until you find the digits that are different. Also, always remember to READ carefully to see if you are ordering least to greatest or greatest to least!
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