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## Class 7 (Foundation)

### Course: Class 7 (Foundation)>Unit 6

Lesson 2: 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.

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