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.

Thousands | Hundreds | Tens | Units |

1000 | 100 | 10 | 1 |

3 | 5 | 2 |

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 is in the Units column and is worth 2.

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

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

7 appears in the hundreds column

7 x 100 = 700.

Answer: 700

Which number has the highest value in this list of numbers?

405, 6744, 34, 9003, 703

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.

Answer: 9003

See also Multiplying and Dividing in 10s and Decimals

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