Look at the labels on these columns.

They show the value of each place in numbers with up to 3 digits after the decimal point (3 decimal places).

Let's place the number 3145.607 into the columns, making sure that the decimal point is in the right place.

The decimal point always goes between the units and the tenths.

**Before **the decimal point, we have whole numbers.

The **3** is in the **thousands **column and so is worth **3** × 1000 = **3000***.*

The **1** is in the **hundreds **column and so is worth **1** × 100 = **100***.*

The **4** is in the **tens **column and so is worth **4** × 10 = **40***.*

The **5** is in the **units **column and so is worth **5** × 1 = **5***.*

**After **the decimal point, we have decimal fractions...

The **6** is in the **tenths **column and so is worth **6** × 0.1 = **0.6 or 6/10 or 6 tenths***.*

The **0** is in the **hundredths **column and so is worth **0** × 0.01 = **0***.*

The **7** is in the **thousandths **column and so is worth **7** × 0.001 = **0.007 or 7/1000 or 7 thousandths***.*

**Example**

What is the** 7** worth in the number** 12.275 **?

**Answer**

The **7** is in the **hundredths **column and so is worth **7** × 0.01 = **0.07 or 7/100 or 7 hundredths***.*