As briefly discussed before, non-whole numbers can also be described as decimals, in which the wholes are written before a decimal point, and portions are written after a decimal point.

Furthermore, as seen in **Module 1: Number and Whole Numbers**, each place value name behind a decimal point ends in -ths as opposed to -s, bearing a similar naming convention to whole number place values depending on how far the value is from the units. Here is a recap of the place values of digits after a decimal:

Place Value |
Digit |
---|---|

Units |
1 |

Tenths |
0.1 |

Hundredths |
0.01 |

Thousandths |
0.001 |

Ten Thousandths |
0.0001 |

Please note, some decimals may be represented with trailing zeros. That is, zeros that follow the digits in a decimal. Naturally, as zero has no value, this does not add any additional value to the decimal. Thus, a decimal such as 0.5 is equal to 0.50, 0.500, 0.5000, etc.

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