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# How are decimals written in word form?

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Decimals are written in word form by using a place value chart and using the place of the last digit on the chart to name the given number. Decimals on a place value chart are designated in tenths, hundredths, thousandths, ten-thousandths, hundred-thousandths, millionths and so on.

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If a decimal is 0.500, then the written form is five hundred thousandths. This is because the number after the decimal is 500, and the final number, zero, lands in the thousandths place on the place value chart. This is not to be confused with 0.00005, which is written five hundred-thousandths. Both sound the same when spoken but are two different numbers.

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To write decimals in standard form, move the decimal point to the right until it is at the right of the first nonzero digit. Then, multiply the number by 10 to the power of the negative of the number of spaces the decimal point was moved.

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A nonterminating decimal refers to any number that has a fractional value (numbers to the right of the decimal point) that will continue on infinitely. The most well-known example of one of these numbers is pi; another example is 1/3, which is 0.333 with the three repeating forever. A nonterminating decimal is indicated by placing a short bar (ellipsis) over the final two decimal values that are recorded.

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In math, number and word notation is simply writing the significant digits of a large number and using words for the place value. For example, the number 45,000 in number and word notation is 45 thousand.

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The leading digit in a decimal is the digit to the immediate left of the decimal point. If the decimal is less than one, the leading digit is the first non-zero digit to the right of a decimal point.