In this activity, we will multiply a whole number by a decimal number.
Do the following multiplication:
3 x 0.7 = 2.1
The easiest way to multiply decimals, is to remove the decimal point, do the multiplication and then add the decimal point back into our answer.
3 x 0.7
Remove the decimal point: 3 x 7
Do the multiplication: 3 x 7 = 21
Replace the decimal point: 2.1
The only tricky part is knowing where to put the decimal point in your answer.
The key to this is to count how many decimal places there are in the original calculation and make sure there's the same number in your answer!
In 3 x 0.7, there is one decimal place, so the answer must also have one decimal place.
So 21 becomes 2.1
Easy, isn't it?