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### Course: 5th grade>Unit 1

Lesson 6: Comparing decimals

# Comparing decimals: 9.97 and 9.798

To compare two decimals, we should start by looking at the largest place value. If the numbers are the same, continue to smaller place values until we find a difference. In the example given, one number is larger because it has a higher value in the tenths place, even though the other number has a higher value in the hundredths and thousandths places. Created by Sal Khan.

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• How do you do this?
• When comparing decimals, it's always important to line up the digits correctly so you can properly interpret which one is bigger. Then, as you know, you can always add a zero after the decimal point and it won't change the value of the number. So you can add a zero to one of the decimals until they both have the same number of digits. Then you can compare.

Hope this helps,
- Iron Programming
• hi guys, so i just cant manage to pay attention. i just get really bored and cant focus. Do you know a way i can become more focused?
• You could try listening to music it helps sometimes
• At why does Sal use "cue"
• In this context, it basically means "makes me think" or "gives me the impression".
• can yall give us hints that still give us credit bc mine keep sayin that I cant get credit and this suff is confusing
• robux
• this is easy im in grade 5 but this is easy
• it is not that hard
• I know how this works intuitively, but when he says when you multiply 9/10 by 10, you get 90/100, I thought it would be 90/10 because 10 is the same as 10/1, hence the denominator wouldn't change.
• i like this but its a little bit boring but it helps.
• Try listening to music
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• Why is this lesson so long? It’s so boring, especially since I knew this stuff since fourth grade, but my dad’s making me redo it.
• It often helps to practice a skill more than once, to make sure you understand it well enough to remember it later.

Also, if you missed some questions when you did this skill before, your dad might want you to improve at this skill.

Have a blessed, wonderful day!