Place Value

Place Value

Basic,

We use the digits 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 to make numbers.

Where a number consists of more than one digit, the position of each digit indicates what that digit is worth. This is the place value of the digit.

place value example

In the number 352, the 3 is in the Hundreds column, and is worth 3 x 100 = 300.

The 5 is in the Tens column and is worth 5 x 10 = 50.

The 2 in the Units column is worth 2.

The whole number is worth 300 + 50 + 2 = 352.

Examples

1. What is the value of the digit 7 in the number 3706?

Answer: 700

7 appears in the hundreds column, 7 x 100 = 700.

2. Which number has the highest value in this list of numbers?
405, 6744, 34, 9003, 703

Answer: 9003

Check the thousands values first: the 9 in the thousands column of 9003 is worth more than the 6 in the thousands column of 6744. The other numbers are all less than a thousand.