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Order Decimals  

Order the following decimals from least to greatest (Watch the wording! Sometimes they ask from greatest to least.)

1.143                   0.143                   1.140

Step 1:  Compare the decimals two at a time.

Line up all the decimals.

1.143                   1.143>0.143

0.143                   0.143<1.140

1.140                   1.143>1.140

Step 2:  Find the least and greatest decimals.

          0.143 is less than the other numbers, so it is the least.

          1.143 is greater than the other numbers, so it is the greatest.

Step 3:  Order the decimals from least to greatest.

          0.143         1.140         1.143

 

Example:

Arrange in order from greatest to least using the > sign.

2.005         2.05            2.057

[A]  2.005>2.05>2.057       

[B]  2.057>2.005>2.05

[C]  2.057>2.05>2.005

[D]  2.005>2.057>2.05

 

Step 1:  2.005               2.005<2.057

               2.05                2.057>2.05

               2.057              2.005<2.05

Step 2:  2.005 is the least decimal.  2.057 is the greatest decimal.

 

Step 3:  2.057>2.05>2.005  The answer is C.