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1 Introduction to Decimals Reading and Writing Decimals: Note: There is a relationship between fractions and numbers written in decimal notation. Three-tenths zero 1 decimal place Three zeros 2 decimal places Three-thousandths zeros decimal places A number written in decimal notation has three parts Whole-number part Decimal Point Decimal Part A number written in decimal notation is often called simply a decimal. The position of a digit in a decimal determines the digit s place value. In the decimal 6,584, , the position of the digit 2 determines that its place value is thousandths. When writing a decimal in words, write the decimal part as if it were a whole number; then name the place value of the last digit Six thousand four hundred eighty-one ten-thousandths Five hundred forty-nine and two hundred thirty-eight thousandths (The decimal point is read as and ) To write a decimal in standard form, zeros may have to be inserted after the decimal point so that the last digit is in the given place-value position. Five and thirty-eight 5.8 (8 is in the place.) Nineteen and four thousandths (Insert two zeros so that the 4 is in the thousandths place.) Seventy-one ten-thousandths (Insert two zeros so that 1 is in the ten-thousandths place.) Example 1 Write in words. Solution Example 2 Three hundred seven and four thousand twenty-seven ten-thousandths Write six hundred seven and seven hundred eight hundred-thousandths in standard form. Solution

2 Rounding Decimals: Rounding decimals is similar to rounding whole numbers except that the digits to the right of the given place value are dropped instead of being replaced by zeros. If the digit to the right of the given place value is less than 5, drop the digit and all digits to the right. If the digit to the right of the given place value is greater than or equal to 5, increase the number in the given place value by 1 and drop all digits to its right. Given place value Round to the nearest hundredth rounded to the nearest hundredth is > 5 Increase 7 by 1 and drop all digits to the right of 7. Example Round to the nearest ten- Solution Given place value 5 = 5 Example 4 Solution Round to the nearest hundred- Given place value < Addition and Subtraction of Decimals To add or subtract decimals, write the numbers so that the decimal points are on a vertical line, placing zeros as place holders if necessary. Add or subtract as for whole numbers, and write the decimal point in the sum or difference directly below the decimal points in the addends or subtrahends. Add: Subtract: Subtract: Note: By placing the decimal points on a vertical line, we make sure that digits of the same place value are added or subtracted. Multiplication of Decimals To multiply decimals, multiply the numbers as in whole numbers. Write the decimal point in the product so that the number of decimal places in the product is the sum of the decimal places in the factors. Multiply:

3 Multiply: decimal place 2 decimal places decimal places decimal places 2 decimal places 5 decimal places Note: Two zeros must be inserted between the 2 and the decimal point so that there are 5 decimal places in the product. Multiplying by Powers of 10: To multiply a decimal by a power of 10 (10, 100, 1000, ), move the decimal point to the right the same number of places as there are zeros in the power of ,000 8, ,000 89, , ,250. Note: If a power of 10 is written in exponential notation, the exponent indicates how many places to move the decimal point. Division of Decimals To divide decimals, move the decimal point in the divisor to the right to make the divisor a whole number. Move the decimal point in the dividend the same number of places to the right. Place the decimal point in the quotient directly over the decimal point in the dividend, and then divide as in whole numbers. Divide: Move the decimal point 2 places to the right in the divisor and then in the dividend. Place the decimal point in the quotient Moving the decimal point the same number of decimal places in the divisor and dividend does not change the value of the quotient, because this process is the same as multiplying the numerator and denominator of a fraction by the same number. In the example above, Dividing by Powers of 10: To divide by powers of 10 (10, 100, 1000, ), move the decimal point to the left the same number of places as there are zeros in the power of

4 , Note: If the power of 10 is written in exponential notation, the exponent indicates how many places to move the decimal point. Convert Fractions to Decimals: Comparing and Converting Fractions and Decimals Every fraction can be written as a decimal. To write a fraction as a decimal, divide the numerator of the fraction by the denominator. The quotient can be rounded to the desired place value. Convert to decimal rounded to the nearest hundredth is 0.4. rounded to the nearest thousandth is rounded to the nearest ten-thousandth is Convert to a decimal. Round to the nearest rounded to the nearest thousandth is.222. Convert Decimals to Fractions: To convert a decimal to a fraction, remove the decimal point and place the decimal part over a denominator equal to the place value of the last digit in the decimal. Reduce if possible thousandths Identify Order Relations Between 2 Decimals or a Decimal & a Fraction: Decimals, like whole numbers and fractions, can be graphed as points on the number line. The number line can be used to show the order of decimals. A decimal that appears to the right of a given number is greater than the given number. A decimal that appears to the left of a given number is less than the given number Note:,.0, and.00 represent the same number. Find the order relation between and

5 Practice Problems 1. Find the quotient of.6515 and Find the sum of 69.41, 88., 9.774, and Place the correct symbol, or, between the two numbers Write in words. 5. Round to the nearest hundred- 6. Convert 2 to a decimal. Round to the nearest hundredth. 7. Convert 0.75 to a fraction. 8. Add: Write thirty-four and twenty-five thousandths in standard form. 10. Place the correct symbol, or, between the two numbers Convert to a decimal. Round to the nearest 12. Convert 0.66 to a fraction. 1. Subtract: Round to the nearest hundredth. 15. Find the product of.08 and Write 42.7 in words. 17. Write three and six thousand seven hundred fifty-three hundred-thousandths in standard form. 18. Multiply: Divide: What is decreased by ? 21. You had a balance of \$ in your checking account. You then wrote checks of \$ and \$ Find the new balance in your checking account. 22. The state income tax on the business you own is \$560 plus 0.08 times your profit. You made a profit of \$6,000 last year. Find the amount of income tax you paid last year. 2. A car costing \$ is bought with a down payment of \$1500 and 6 equal monthly payments. Find the amount of each monthly payment. 24. You have \$27.44 in your checking account. You make deposits of \$56.88, \$127.40, and \$56.0. Find the amount in your checking account after you make the deposits. 25. Place the correct symbol, or, between the two numbers Subtract: Write in words. 28. Convert to a decimal. Round to the nearest 29. Convert to a fraction. 0. Round to the nearest ten 1. Find divided by Round to the nearest 2. Find less than Round to the nearest 4. Divide: Add: Find the missing dimension.? 4.86 in 6.2 in 7. Multiply: What is the total of 62., 4.007, and ? 9. Write two hundred nine and seven thousand eighty-six hundred-thousandths in standard form. 40. A car was bought for \$692.60, with a down payment of \$1250. The balance was paid in 6 monthly payments. Find the amount of each monthly payment. 41. You received a salary of \$6.75, a commission of \$954.82, and a bonus of \$225. Find your total income. 42. A long-distance telephone call costs \$.85 for the first minutes and \$.42 for each additional minute. Find the cost of a 12-minute long-distance telephone call.

6 The table below shows the postal rates for selected weights for single-piece and presorted mail. Use this table for Exercises 4 and 44. Weight (not over) Single piece Presorted 1 ounce \$.2 \$ ounces ounces ounces ounces Find the total cost of mailing the following: single pieces weighing 2. ounces each, 2 single pieces weighing.4 ounces each, and 50 presorted pieces weighing 0. ounce each. 44. Find the total cost of mailing the following: 7 single pieces weighing 0.4 ounce each, 0 presorted pieces weighing 0.7 ounce each, and 75 presorted pieces weighing 1.4 ounces each. Round to the nearest cent. 45. Write in words. 46. Write in standard form: six and two thousand fifty-three ten-thousandths. 47. Round to the nearest 48. Round to the nearest hundredth. 49. Add: Find the sum of , 54., and You have \$ in your checking account. You make deposits of \$41.0, \$122.79, and \$ You write a check for \$ Find the amount in your checking account after making the deposits and writing the check. 52. Subtract: Find less than An electrician earns \$ Deductions from the check are \$60.24 for federal tax, \$ for state tax, and \$4.12 for insurance. Find the electrician s take-home pay. 55. Multiply: Find the product of 0.9 and A car travels 2. miles on each gallon of gas. How far does a car travel on 11.8 gallons of gas? Round to the nearest tenth of a mile. 58. Find divided by Divide: Round to the nearest 60. You work 40 hours and receive \$02. Find your hourly rate of pay. 61. Convert to a decimal. Round to the nearest 62. Convert to a fraction. 6. Place the correct symbol,, between the two numbers Place the correct symbol,, between the two numbers Write in words. 66. Write twelve and six in standard form. 67. Round to the nearest hundredth. 68. Round to the nearest tenth. 69. Add: Find the total of 4.92, 6.817, and Kara Brady bought a math textbook for \$9.4, a history text for \$4.95, a biology text for \$5.61, and an English workbook for \$ Find the total cost of the four books. 72. Subtract: What is decreased by 9.95? 74. Your lunch costs \$4.87. An additional cost of \$.29 is added for tax. Find the change you receive from a \$10 bill. 75. Multiply: Find the product of 16.5 and A motorist averages 56.4 miles per hour while traveling for.5 hours. Find the total distance traveled during the.5 hours. 78. Find the quotient of and Divide: Round to the nearest 80. A \$56.68 Sony stereo system is bought for a down payment of \$100 and 18 equal monthly payments. Find the amount of each monthly payment. 81. Convert to a decimal Place the correct symbol,, between the two numbers Convert 0.16 to a fraction. 84. Place the correct symbol,, between the two numbers. 0.7

7 Practice Problems Key Twenty-two and ninety-two tenthousandths Three hundred forty-two and thirty-seven \$ \$ \$12.45/month 24. \$ Forty-five and three hundred two tenthousandths inches \$142.85/month 41. \$ \$ \$ \$ one hundred twenty-nine and four \$ \$ miles \$7.55/hour four and six hundred thirty-two hundredthousandths \$ \$ miles \$25.76/month

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