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Subtracting Decimals

Introduction

The process of subtracting decimals is very similar to subtracting whole numbers. Doing so is simple if you remember pay attention to the position of the decimal point when subtracting.

Terms

Decimal Point - The decimal point looks like a period and is always placed after the “ones” position of a number.
Decimal Notation - Decimal notation is useful for writing numbers which are not whole numbers.
Whole Number - A whole number is a number with nothing but zeroes after the decimal point.

Lesson

The most important thing to remember about subtracting decimals is to make sure that the decimal place lines up when subtracting. , for example. To make things easier, it may be helpful to place additional zeroes after the shorter number until both numbers have the same amount of digits. For example, when subtracting .03 from .2, the addition is more straightforward if you write the equation as .

Examples

Subtracting Decimals (Example 1)

Subtracting Decimals (Example 2)

Subtracting Decimals (Example 3)

Gabriel's oak tree was 7.4 feet tall in 2011. It grew to 18.1 feet tall in 2012. How much did the oak tree grow?

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