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When you compare two decimal numbers, follow this order:

 

  1. Compare the whole number parts to the left of the decimal points.
  2. If the whole number parts are the same, compare the tenths digits.
  3. If the tenths digits are the same, compare the hundredths digits.

 

 

Example 1

Which is bigger, 35.67 or 35.71?

 

Answer

Look at:

35.67

35.71

The whole number parts are both 35, so compare the tenths digits.

35.67

35.71

7 is bigger than 6

So 35.71 is bigger than 35.67.

 

 

Example 2

Which is bigger, 13.37 or 13.31?

 

Answer

Look at:

13.37

13.31

The whole number parts are both 13, so compare the tenths digits.

13.37

13.31

The tenths digits are both 3, so compare the hundredths digits.

13.37

13.31

7 is bigger than 1

So 13.37 is bigger than 13.31.

 

 

Example 3

Which is bigger, 24.07 or 12.71?

 

Answer

Look at:

24.07

12.71

The whole number parts are 24 and 12.

24 is bigger than 12

So 24.07 is bigger than 12.71.

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