# Decimal Number

Pronunciation: /ˈdɛs.ə.məl ˈnʌm.bər/ Explain

 Decimal Numbers Not Decimal Numbers 3.524.000.00574 7/712/153 7/810102 Table 1: Examples

A decimal number is a real number expressed in base 10 that may or may not have a decimal point.[2]

 Figure 1: Parts of a decimal number.

A decimal number has a whole part and a decimal part. In the number 32.67, 32 is the whole part and 67 is the decimal part. The whole part is always to the left of the decimal point. The decimal part is always to the right of the decimal point.

#### Understanding Check

Use the mouse to click on each answer until the correct answer appears. When you have selected the answers for each row, click on 'Check Answer'.

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### Place Values

For decimals, the place values are in multiples of ten. Take the number style="color:red;">427.

• The digit 7 is in the one's place.
• The digit 2 is in the ten's place. (1×10 = 10)
• The digit 4 is in the hundred's place. (10×10 = 100)

Now take the number 427.56.

• The digit 5 is in the tenths place. (1 ÷ 10 = 1/10)
• The digit 6 is in the hundredths place. (1/10 ÷ 10 = 1/100)

#### Understanding Check

Use the mouse to click on each answer until the correct answer appears. When you have selected the answers for each row, click on 'Check Answer'.

### References

1. McAdams, David E.. All Math Words Dictionary, decimal number. 2nd Classroom edition 20150108-4799968. pg 54. Life is a Story Problem LLC. January 8, 2015. Buy the book
2. decimal. merriam-webster.com. Encyclopedia Britannica. Merriam-Webster. Last Accessed 7/3/2018. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/decimal. Buy the book
3. Jones, Burton. Elementary Concepts of Mathematics. pp 99-104. www.archive.org. MacMillan and Company. 1947. Last Accessed 7/3/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/elementaryconcep029487mbp#page/n120/mode/1up/search/decimal. Buy the book
4. Halstead, George Bruce. On the foundation and technic of arithmetic. www.archive.org. The Open Court Publishing Company. 1912. Last Accessed 7/3/2018. http://www.archive.org/stream/50400297#page/n4/mode/1up. Buy the book

• McAdams, David E.. Notation. allmathwords.org. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. 3/12/2009. https://www.allmathwords.org/en/n/notation.html.

McAdams, David E. Decimal Number. 4/18/2019. All Math Words Encyclopedia. Life is a Story Problem LLC. https://www.allmathwords.org/en/d/decimalnumber.html.

### Revision History

4/18/2019: Updated equations and expressions to the new format (McAdams, David E.)
12/21/2018: Reviewed and corrected IPA pronunication. (McAdams, David E.)