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Math help from the Learning Centre

This guide provides useful resources for a wide variety of math topics. It is targeted at students enrolled in a math course or any other Centennial course that requires math knowledge and skills.

Decimal Notation

The dot represents a decimal point where place values are separated by what is to the left and right. To the right of the decimal points such as a tenth \(\frac{1}{10}\), a hundredth \(\frac{1}{100}\), and so on. 


Name the following numbers:

1) \(203.65\) = Two hundred three and sixty-five hundredths

2) \(2.008\) = Two and eight thousandths

Write out the following numbers:

1) One thousand twenty-two and three tenths = \(1022.3\)

2) Eighty thousand and eighty thousandths = \(80,000.080\)

Converting Between Fractions and Decimals

The decimal place value determines how to convert a decimal into a fraction.

For example, \[0.045\] 

ends at the thousandths place value. Therefore you put the number over 1000


Simplify the fraction


See video below for more examples, including mixed fractions and converting from fractions back to decimals.


Rounding Decimal Notation

To round to a certain place:

  1. Locate the digit in that place.
  2. Consider the next digit to the right.
  3. If the digit to the right is 5 or greater, round up; if the digit to the right is 4 or lower, keep digit the same. 


1. Round \(0.084\) to the nearest tenth.


Locate the digit in the tenths place


Consider the next digit to the right, 8

Since 8 is greater than or equal to 5, round up.


2. Round \(212.5604\) to the nearest hundredths


Locate the digit in the hundredths place


Consider the next digit to the right, 0

Since 0 is 4 or lower, keep digit the same.


Decimal Arithmetic Operations

Example 1: A patient receives the following doses of medication every day: 0.2 mg, 1.05 mg and 2.84 mg. What is the total daily dosage?


The total daily dosage is the sum of the individual dosages. 


Example 2: A patient's temperature reading in the morning was \(102.3^{\circ}F\). In the afternoon, their temperature was \(98.5^{\circ}F\). What is the decrease in temperature?


We have to subtract the afternoon temperature from the morning temperature.

Temp decrease = morning - afternoon = 102.3 - 98.5 = 3.8.

The temperature decrease was \(3.8^{\circ}F\).

Example 3: A patient weighs 80.4 kg. One kg is 2.2 lbs. What is the patient's weight in pounds?


We need to multiply 80.4 kg by 2.2 lbs to find the weight in pounds.

\[80.4\times 2.2=176.88\,lbs\]

The patient weighs 176.88 lbs.

Example 4: A nurse is pouring servings of juice from a pitcher with 1050 mL of juice. How many 150 mL servings can she pour?


For long division, you need to divide the whole (1050 mL) by the part (150 mL).


The nurse can pour 7 servings of juice. 

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