# Introduction to Decimals

In this intro to decimals lesson, you'll get to fully understand them before adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and converting them.

### Comparing decimals

Let's imagine you're shopping for a new water pitcher. You find two you like—one holds 0.7 gallons, while the other holds 0.5 gallons. Do you know which pitcher is larger? Click the arrows to find out.

To find out which pitcher holds more, you could simply compare the decimals to see which is larger.

7 is larger than 5, so 0.7 is larger than 0.5. The larger the number to the right of the decimal point, the larger the decimal.

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#### How about these two decimals:

Again, you'll simply compare the numbers **to the right** of the decimal point.

74 is larger than 72, so 0.74 is larger than 0.72.

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#### Now let's compare these decimals:

Since the whole number, 1, is the same for both decimals, we'll compare the numbers to the right of the decimal point.

If you thought .2 was larger than than .19, you were right!

Remember, 1.2 could also be written as 1.20.

20 is larger than 19, so 1.20 is larger than 1.19.

### Assessment

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