This is the third part of the Operations on Decimals Series and in this post, we discuss about Multiplication of Decimals. In multiplying decimals, the decimal point in the product has something to do with the number of decimals of the factors.

**How to Multiply Numbers with Decimals Examples**

**Example 1:** What is ?

In this example, only one factor has a decimal number, the other is a whole number. To multiply, first, ignore the decimal point and then just multiply the numbers:

.

After multiplying, count the number of decimal numbers (numbers after on the right hand side of the decimal point) of the factors. There is only **one** decimal number which is 6. So, in the product, starting from the right, count **one** number and then place the decimal point before that number making it .

So, the final answer is .

**Example 2:** What is ?

Again, ignore the decimal points and multiply the numbers:

.

There is one decimal number in the first factor and one in the second factor. Therefore, there are **two** decimal numbers. Now, count **two** numbers from the right, and place the decimal point before the last number on your count.

Therefore, the correct answer is .

**Example 3:** What is

Now, . Notice that there are only three numbers in the product, but there are **four** decimal numbers in the two factors. So, in the product, we count **three** numbers from the right hand side and then add **one** before 3 to make the number of decimals **four**. So, the correct answer is or .

**Multiplying Decimal Numbers by 10**

In multiplying decimal numbers by 10 or its powers, just count the number of zeroes and move the decimal point to the right hand side the number of zeroes appear.

**Example 1:** What is ?

Ten has one zero, so, we move the decimal point one place to the right hand side. Therefore, the correct answer is .

**Example 2:** What is ?

There are two zeros, so we move the decimal point two digits to the right hand side. Moving the decimal points gives us

**Example 3:** What is ?

There are three zeros, however, only one decimal point. So, we move the decimal point one time to the right of seven, and add two zeros. Therefore, the final answer is .

In the next post, we will be discussing about division of decimal numbers.

Do you have practice test with ratio and proportions? thank you 🙂

None yet. 🙂