In these lessons, we will learn how to read place values and decimal numbers.

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A decimal number is a number that has digits before and after a decimal point. The decimal point is placed after the ones digit.

**Example:**

Let us look at the decimal number 3.145

Each digit in a decimal number has a **place value** depending
on its position.

The following table shows the number 3.145 in a place value chart. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions.

The **value of a digit** is determined by its place value.
Give the place value and the value of the digit.

When the decimal point of a number is not shown (for example, in whole numbers), then it is assumed to be at the end of the number.

**Example:**

321 = 321.

4 = 4.

**Example:**

Read 38.7425

**Solution:**

Step 1: Values to the left of the decimal point are greater than one.

38 means 3 tens and 8 ones.

Step 2: The word name of the decimal is determined by the place value of the digit in the last place.

The last digit (5) is in the ten-thousandth place.

38.7425 is read as thirty-eight and seven thousand four hundred twenty-five ten thousandths.

**How To Read A Decimal?**

In this video, you will learn decimal place value patterns for tenths, hundredths, and thousandths.

Real world examples help students understand everyday uses for decimals in measurement.

**How To Read And Write Decimal Numbers?**

**Review Of How To Read And Write Decimals**

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