# How to determine which decimal is greater

• May 2nd 2010, 11:15 AM
OneidaFL
How to determine which decimal is greater
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4.058 4.006

How to determine which is greater? Thanks
• May 2nd 2010, 11:24 AM
ChristopherDunn
The first number to the right of the decimal has the most value and the second has more value than the third, etc., so you compare them one at a time starting at the first digit. when you get to one that is not identical, the bigger one indicates the bigger number, no matter what follows.

1) They both are the same whole number (4) so we go on to the decimals.
2) They both have the same first decimal (tenths place) of 0, so on to the next.
3) The second decimal digits (hundredths place) are not identical. Since the first number has a larger value (5) than the second number (0), the first number is bigger. It does not matter what follows.
• May 2nd 2010, 11:27 AM
OneidaFL
Great response..........
(Happy) You rock.... you made it so simple to understand.........Thank You.