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**kittykat01****Member**- Registered: 2010-01-02
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The examples show that the decimal point moves - it doesn't, the decimal point never moves - the digits move. I am already trying to undo some bad maths teaching and getting kids to understand place value. I have really enjoyed looking through this web site and will use some of it in class (not this page though):)

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Hi, and thanks for the comment.

kittykat01 wrote:

The examples show that the decimal point moves - it doesn't, the decimal point never moves - the digits move.

This must be a point of ignorance for me ... does it matter which one moves, and why?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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This must be a point of ignorance for me ... does it matter which one moves, and why?

I don't think it matters, how you view it. Saying that the decimal point moves 2 places to the right (or to the left ) is how I was taught.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**iamfriendly****Member**- Registered: 2009-07-03
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Well, in my opinion, moving the decimal point is easier than moving all the digits

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**LQ****Real Member**- Registered: 2006-12-04
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To convert % to , you divide by 100 and hence you make your answer one hundred times smaller.

I see clearly now, the universe have the black dots, Thus I am on my way of inventing this remedy...

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