When you **compare** two **decimal numbers**, follow this order:

- Compare the
**whole number parts**to the left of the decimal points. - If the whole number parts are the same, compare the
**tenths digits**. - 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**.