Compare Decimals

This middle school tutorial will take a closer look at how to compare decimals.

Inequality Symbols

Greater Number > Lesser Number Lesser Number < Greater Number Same Value = Same Value

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Comparing Decimals

To compare decimals, it is best to stack them and line up the decimal point. You compare each digit moving from left to right until you find a difference. You want to compare the digits in the same place value. You want to make sure that the decimals have the same number of digits to the right of the decimal point, so you may need to add some zeros.

Here is a chart demonstrating how this process works.

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Examples of Comparing Decimals

Here is a comparison of 0.57 and 0.549

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Here is another example.

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One more example.

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Video Tutorial

Here is a video Tutorial

Interactive Class

For an interactive middle school math class on this material, click here.

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