# Decimals

Like fractions, decimals represent numbers that are not whole numbers. We show the value by using a decimal point. As we move right from the decimal point,each place value is divided by 10.

## Understanding place values

As we move left from the decimal point, every number place gets 10 times bigger.

As we move right from the decimal point, every number place gets 10 times smaller.

## How to read decimal numbers

We say,

Two and six tenths or two point six

We say,

Eighty two hundred and ninety four hundredths or eighty two hundred point nine two

## Comparing decimal numbers

Decimals are compared the same way as other numbers. We do this by comparing the different place values from left to right.

__Situation 1__

When numbers to the left of the decimal points are different.

##### Example

__What to do:__

Compare the numbers to the left of decimal points.

So, in this case, 15.23 is bigger than 12.82 since 15 is bigger than 12.

__Situation 2__

When numbers to the left of the decimal points are the same.

##### Example

__What to do:__

Compare the numbers to the right of decimal points.

So, in this case, 18.16 is smaller than 18.24 since 16 is smaller than 24.

__Situation 3__

When the decimal places to the right of the decimal points are different.

##### Example

__What to do:__

Just add zero to the decimal number with lesser digits, and compare.

So, in this case, 18.16 is smaller than 18.24 since 16 is smaller than 24.

So, in this case, 17.250 is bigger than 17.154 since 250 is bigger than 154.