How to Subtract Numbers with Decimals

This is the second part of the Decimal Operations series and in this post, we are going to discuss subtraction of numbers with decimals.  This operation is very much the same with addition of decimals.

How to Subtract Numbers with Decimals

The rule in subtraction of decimals is the same with addition of decimals. First, position the numbers such that the decimal points are aligned. Then, add zeros to make the number of decimal places the same. Lastly, perform subtraction.

Example 1: 10.3 – 4.81

In the first example, we add 0 to the minuend 10.3 to make it 10.30. This way, we can subtract 1 from 0.

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Example 2: 100.2 – 7.375

In example 2, we add two zeros to 100.2 so that we can subtract the three decimal numbers.

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Example 3: 53.278 – 5.82

In the third example, we add 0 to the decimal part of the subtrahend to make the number of decimal places equal.

Subtract Numbers with Decimals

Now, try practicing subtraction and use a calculator to see if your answer is correct. If you have questions, please use the comment box below.

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2 Responses

  1. Beny Boy Cruz says:

    Very helpful!

  1. November 7, 2014

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