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Lecture 18

Digits and Decimals

Every number is composed of digits.
10 digits in our number systems: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
356 is a number; composed of 3 digits: 3, 5 & 6.
Integers can be classified by the number of digits they contain.
7 (single digit), -14 (double digit), 500,000?
Non-integers can be classified by how many non-zero digits they have
to the right of the decimal point.
0.23, 8.014
Numbers that fall between integers.
For example, 6.3 falls between the integers 6 and 7.

Decimals less than 1 -3.65,-12.01

Decimals between -1 and 0 -0.65, -0.076
Decimals between 0 and 1 0.65, 0.8912
Decimals greater than 1 3.65, 12.01
An integer can be expressed as a decimal by adding a decimal point
and the digit 0.
8=8.0; 400=400.0
Place Value
Every digit in a number has a particular place value depending on its
location within the number.

In the number 4,472.1023, in what
place value is the number 1?
Adding zeros to decimals
Adding zeros to the end of a decimal or taking zeros away from the
end of a decimal does not change the value of the decimal.
For example 3.6=3.60=3.6000
Do not add or remove any zeros from the left of the decimal point.
7.01=/ 7.1
Powers of 10: Shifting the decimal
Place values continually decrease from left to right by powers of 10.
When you multiply any number by a positive power of 10, move the
decimal forward the specified number of places.
3.9742x103 =3974.2
When you divide any number by a positive power of 10, move the
decimal backward the specified number of places.
4,169.2/102= 41.692
If you need to add zeros in order to shift a decimal, you should do so.
Powers of 10: Shifting the decimal
Negative powers of 10 reverse the regular process.

110.7 x 103

Put these numbers in order from least to greatest:

a. 234x10-2 b. 0.234x102 c.2.34x104
The Heavy Division Shortcut
What is the integer closest to ?

What is the integer closest to ?
Decimal Operations
Addition and Subtraction:
To add or subtract decimals, make sure to line up the decimal points.
Then add zeros to make the right sides of the decimals the same
4.319+221.8; 10-0.063.
Decimal Operations
First, multiply the numbers as if they were whole numbers.
Then count the total number of digits to the right of the decimal point
in the factors.
The product should have the same number of digits to the right of the
decimal point. 0.02x1.4
Special case: If you are multiplying a very large number and a very
small number: move the decimals in the opposite directions the
same number of places.
Decimal Operations
Always shift the decimals on top and bottom so you are dividing by
whole numbers.
Special Case: Shift the decimal point in the same direction in both
the divisor and the dividend.
Terminating vs. Non-terminating decimals
Repeating decimals:
The bar above the 2 indicates that the digit 2 repeats infinitely.
If the denominator equals to a power of 10 minus 1, then the
numerator gives you the repeating digits.
4/9=? 23/99=? 1/11=? 3/11=?
Non-repeating decimals: root(2), pi
Terminating vs. Non-terminating decimals
Terminating Decimals:
Terminating integers can all be written as the following ratio:
Some integer/ some power of 10.
Positive powers of 10 are only composed of 2s and 5s as prime factors.
When you reduce this fraction, you only have prime factors of 2s and 5s in
the denominator.
If after being fully reduced, the denominator has any prime factors besides
2 or 5, its decimal will not terminate.
If the denominator only has factors of 2 and/or 5, then the decimal will
Practice Problems
As a fraction, 7.583 (bar over 3) reduces to?
0.003482= ?
[a] -0.003482x 10-1
[b] 0.3482x10-2
[c] 34.82x104
[d] 34.82x10-4
[e] 3,482x10-6
X is a digit in the decimal 12.15x9, which, if rounded to the nearest
hundredth, would equal to 12.16.
QA: x QB: 4
The decimal representation of the reciprocal of integer n contains an
infinitely repeating pattern of digits, expressed with bar over the
repeating digits. The minimum length of the bar is n-1