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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.

Place Value

The decimal number system is a base 10 system, so the digits of each place can be any number from 0 to 9. Each place value has a name.

For large numbers, digits are separated by commas or spaces into groups of three, called periods. For example,

\[12,340,982\qquad 320\,432\,196\]

Example 1

Name the following number: \(384,341\)


Three hundred eighty-four thousand, three hundred forty-one.


Example 2

Write out the following number: Twelve million, thirty-eight thousand, two



Note there is no and separating periods. The word and is reserved for decimal place values after the ones column.


Example 3

What place value is underlined for the following numbers:

a. \(820,3\underline{3}0,020\) - ten thousands

b. \(\underline{4}032\) - thousands

c. \(1,402,\underline{4}97\) - hundreds

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