number 3 to the left of the decimal point is a plain 3, meaning 3 whole

units. The second 3 is three tens or thirty. In reading from the left of a

decimal point, each unit increases in value by ten times the unit to its

right.

FIGURE 7.

DECIMAL PLACES.

What happens to the right of the decimal point? Figure 7 indicates that the

first three to the right of the decimal point is three-tenths of one. The

second three to the right of the decimal point is three-hundredths of one.

In reading to the right of a decimal point, each unit decreases in value by

one-tenth of the unit to its left. Thus, 333. is read three hundred thirty-

three.

If the decimal point is moved one place to the left, it becomes

33.3, or thirty-three and three-tenths.

Again, move the decimal point to

the left one space.

It is now 3.33.

This is read as three and thirty-

three-hundredths.

5.

Reduction of a Common Fraction to a Decimal Fraction

wish to have places in the decimal fraction.

Then divide the resulting

number by the denominator. Next, place the decimal point so as to make as

many decimal places in the result as you have added zeros to the numerator.