# Sunny Hills Math Club Decimal Numbers Lesson 4

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1 Are you tired of finding common denominators to add fractions? Are you tired of converting mixed fractions into improper fractions, just to multiply and convert them back? Are you tired of reducing fractions to their simplest form? Do you wish there was an easier way? Well, thanks to Math Club now there is! Decimal Numbers Decimal numbers make it easier to work with fractional amounts. Decimals, just like fractions, are used to represent a portion of something. In fact, decimals can be written as special fractions known as decimal fractions. A decimal fraction has a denominator that is 10 or a multiple of 10, such as or 1,000. Examples of decimal fractions are: Most often, decimals are written without showing denominators. Example: Two tenths can be written as a fraction: 2 10 Sixteen hundredths can be written as a fraction: 16 One thousandth can be written as a fraction: or as a decimal: or as a decimal: 0.16 or as a decimal: Decimal numbers have three parts: an integer (which indicates the number of wholes), a decimal point (which separates the integer on the left from the decimal on the right), and a decimal number (which represents a number between 0 and 1). We use the same place value system for decimals that we use for whole numbers. Anywhere you look in a whole number, the value of the place to the right of a digit is always ten times smaller. The tens place is ten times smaller than the hundreds place, and the ones place is ten times smaller than the tens place. To find the value of the place to the right of the ones place, divide one by ten: 1 10 = 1/10 = one-tenth. The first place to the right of the decimal point is the tenths place. The value to the right of the tenths place is the 1/10 10, and is called the hundredths place. rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 1

2 This chart shows some common place values. 4, Thousands Hundreds Tens Ones Decimal Tenths Hundredths Thousandths Writing Decimal Numbers Between each whole number, this number line is divided into tenths. Decimals with values less than 1 are written with a 0 in the ones place. To write five tenths, write a 0 in the ones place and a 5 in the tenths place, with a decimal point in between: 0.5. Decimal numbers between 1 and 2 have a 1 in the ones place, decimal numbers between 2 and 3 have a two in the ones place, and so on. For example, the number three and nine tenths can be written as 3.9. Whole numbers can also be written with one or more zeros after the decimal point: 3 = 3.0, 1 = 1.000, 0 = The number line below shows what is in the area between 0 and 0.5 from the number line above. Between each of the tenths values, the number line is divided into hundredths. Notice the denominator, hundredths, names the last place on the right that is holding a digit. rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 2

3 To write five hundredths, write a 0 in the tenths place and a 5 in the hundredths place: The 0 is needed as a placeholder between the decimal point and the hundredths digit. For numbers between 0.1 and 0.2, there is a 1 in the tenths place: 0.11, 0.12, 0.13, and so on. For numbers between 0.2 and 0.3, there is a 2 in the tenths place: 0.21, 0.22, 0.23, and so forth. For example, the number seven and forty-two hundredths can be written as Note: When a decimal number is less than one, we always write the zero to the left of the decimal point. Without the leading zero, the reader might not notice that tiny little mark for the decimal point. Example: How would you write three and nine hundredths as a decimal? The and tells you where to put the decimal point: after the 3. The hundredths tells you there are two decimal places in the number and that a 9 goes in the hundredths place: 3.09 Example: Dylan s backyard is fenced in on three sides. Each side of the fence is made up of ten boards. (It s a small yard!) Dylan agreed with his dad to paint one half of the fence. So far Dylan has painted one side of the fence and three boards on another side. What decimal number represents the amount of fence Dylan has painted? We know that Dylan has painted one side (10 boards) plus 3 boards out of 10 on another side. 10 boards = 1 side 3 boards out of 10 = 3 10 of a side Adding 1 plus 3/10 we get the mixed number , which we write as the decimal 1.3. We say one and three tenths. rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 3

4 Example: Esther s mom is re-shingling the roof of their house. It takes shingles to complete the roof. What decimal represents the amount of roof Esther s mom has finished if she only has 23 shingles left? We know the whole roof is 10 rows of 10 shingles, which is 10 times 10 = shingles. We also know Esther's mom has 23 shingles left, so she has used: - 23 = So Esther s mom has completed / of the roof. We write this fraction as the decimal We say seventy seven hundredths. Changing Decimals to Fractions It is easy to convert decimals to fractions. Look at the number 0.27, or twenty-seven hundredths. The hundredths tells you the denominator is. The numerator will be the numeral to the right of the decimal point, which is 27 in this case. Do not write the decimal point in the fraction = You must look for fractions that can be reduced. For example, look at the number 0.32, or thirty-two hundredths. Write the fraction and then reduce it to lowest terms = = = rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 4

5 Changing Fractions to Decimals Decimal numbers are really just a shortcut method of writing common fractions, where the denominator is 10 or or 0 and so forth. You can convert fractions into decimal numbers by converting the denominator to a multiple of 10. The denominator will indicate the smallest place value that should appear in the decimal = = = = = = = = = = = = You can also change a fraction to a decimal without changing the denominator to 10, but you need to know about decimal division to do this. A fraction is just a fancy way to represent division. The fraction 5 is just another way of saying 5 divided by 10. We 10 will learn more about dividing decimals next week. Meanwhile, to convert a fraction to a decimal, use your calculator. Just take the numerator divided by the denominator. For example, to find the decimal equivalent of 3, just calculate 3 divided by 4, or Repeating Decimals Some fractions when written as a decimal number will repeat forever. To write a repeating decimal, put a bar over the rightmost digit (or digits) that repeat. For example, = or simply = Why do some fractions repeat and others don't? Notice that decimal numbers represent the addition of 1 10 and 1 and 1 and so forth. Now take a closer look at the factors 0 in these fractions: = and =. In fact, every position in the decimal number represents some multiple of 2's and 5's. This works well for fractions containing any multiples of halves and fifths. But it is impossible to exactly represent thirds, sixths or anything with factors other than 2 or 5! rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 5

6 Comparing & Ordering Decimals As with fractions, different decimals can represent the same value. Example: Is 0.1 the same as 0.10? Write both decimals as fractions and reduce = = = 10 To compare decimal numbers, it helps to line up the place values in the numbers. Do this by lining up the decimal points. Then, compare the values of the whole numbers. If the whole numbers are equal, compare the decimal place values, starting with the tenths place. Keep moving right across the place values until you find two digits in the same place with different values. Example: Which is larger, or ? First, line up the numbers at their decimal points Compare the values of the whole numbers. Since 12 is larger than1, 12.59> Example: Which is larger, or ? First, line up the numbers at their decimal points Compare the values of the whole numbers. They are both 1. Next compare the value of the tenths, which are both 7. Next compare the value of the hundredths, which are both 1. Keep going! Next compare the value of the thousandths. Aha! Since 9 is greater than 8, > rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 6

7 Adding & Subtracting Decimals Adding and subtracting decimal numbers is just like adding whole numbers. The key to adding or subtracting decimals is to be sure that the place values are lined up correctly. The easiest way to do this is to line up the decimal points. Example: David wants to dance all night at the PTA Sock Hop at Sunny Hills. To get in shape for the event he plans to walk 10 miles. So far, he has walked 2 miles on Monday, 1.7 miles on Tuesday, 3.56 miles on Wednesday and 1.24 miles on Thursday. (Don t ask me how he measured it.) How many miles will he have to walk on Friday to make a total of 10 miles? We know David has walked 2, 1.7, 3.56 and 1.24 miles already. To get the total so far we add them. To add, write the numbers in a column aligning the values and decimals Fill in any needed zeros to fill in each decimal place value. We ve already seen that 2 is the same as 2.00 and 1.7 is the same as Then add each column from right to left and carry down the decimal point: miles so far Total miles David wants to walk = 10. Subtract the total so far from his goal: miles to walk on Friday To subtract, write the numbers in a column aligning the values and decimals. Hint: Neatness counts! rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 7

8 Padding Decimals with Zeros If a number is longer than the others, pad them with zeroes so they are all the same length. Do you remember why it is that you can pad with zeroes and the value doesn t change? It is because zero is the identity element for addition. Vocabulary Decimal form - a list of digits that represent a fraction by using a decimal point. Most hand-held calculators always show fractions in decimal form. For example, decimal 0.1 = 1 and 0.12 = 12 and = Decimated form a severely sliced-up object, such as a tasty pumpkin pie ready to eat. Comes from the root word deci- meaning ten, and therefore implying the object is sliced into at least ten pieces. Decimal fractions the proper name for these numbers is decimal fractions, since it is used in all civilized countries of the world except for the USA. However, the common usage here is decimal numbers, so that s what this lesson uses, too. Recursive - see recursive rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 8

9 Name: Decimal Numbers Homework 4 1) Re-write the fractions and mixed numbers in their decimal equivalent. Remember, neatness counts! a) 3 10 Example: 0.3 b) 45 c) 57 f) g) h) 5 1 d) i) e) 14 3 j) ) Write the decimal number that is equivalent to each shaded-in area. a) b) c) rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 9

10 Name: Decimal Numbers Homework 4 3) Write the decimal number for: a) fifty-six tenths Example: = b) fifty-seven hundredths c) nine and nine tenths d) twelve tenths e) sixty-six and sixty-seven hundredths 4) Convert the decimals to a common fraction and reduce to lowest terms. a) 0.25 Example: 25 = 5 20 = 1 4 b) 0.4 c) d) e) f) 0.5 g) 0.05 h) rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 10

11 Name: Decimal Numbers Homework 4 5) Compute the following decimals. a) d) b) e) c) f) ) Write these problems in columns, aligning the values and decimals. Use a separate sheet of paper if needed. Then compute the following: a) = b) = c) = d) = rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 11

12 Name: Decimal Numbers Homework 4 7) If you write these fractions as decimal numbers, will they be a repeating decimal? Remember: it is repeating if the denominator has any prime factor other than 2 or 5. Circle repeating or nonrepeating. a) 1 3 nonrepeating repeating (Example) b) 1 4 nonrepeating repeating c) 1 7 nonrepeating repeating d) 1 9 nonrepeating repeating e) 1 25 nonrepeating repeating 8) Write these problems in columns, aligning the values and decimals. Then compute the following: a) A male tiger weighs pounds. A female tiger weighs 37.3 pounds less. How much does the female weigh? b) The maximum weight that a container can hold is pounds. If Hannah put two items, one weighing pounds and the other weighing pounds, into the container, how much more weight can the container hold? rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 12

13 Name: Decimal Numbers Homework 4 9) Mental Math. Do these in your head, and then check your answer with pencil and paper, or with a calculator. a) Start with 489, subtract 39, then divide by 50. b) What is 1 2 times twelve? 6 c) What is your name? d) What is the result of ? e) Name the prime factors of 10. f) What is the least common multiple (LCM) of 4 and 6? g) What is the greatest common factor (GCF) of 4 and 6? h) Did you check your work? Circle yes or no. i) Did you circle no? Go back and check your work! You may use a parent, a friend, a calculator, or a friend of your parent s calculator. rdp 10/28/02 8:16 PM Page 13

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