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Use Place Value to Divide by Powers of 10

In this worksheet, students will be able to use place value to divide by powers of 10.

'Use Place Value to Divide by Powers of 10' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Year:  Year 8 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Number

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Place Value for All Numbers

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

If we want to divide a number by 10, there is a simple rule to follow:


Shift every digit 1 place value to the right.


Using a place value chart helps.



613,090 ÷ 10

 A place value chart showing 613,090 divided by 10


We just shift every digit 1 place to the right. The digit in the ones column would be shifted after the decimal point into the tenths column, but since it is a zero we can ignore it. 


So 613,090 ÷ 10 = 61,309


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If we want to divide by 100, we simply shift everything 2 places right.



450,162,000 ÷ 100


A place value chart showing 450,162,000 divided by 100


This time, we have shifted every digit 2 places right. The last three digits are zeros, two of them would move to after the decimal point, but we need to keep the third as it's in the ones column.


So 450,162,000 ÷ 100 = 4,501,620


And the pattern continues - dividing by 1,000 means we just shift every digit 3 places right!


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