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Children begin working on decimal problems quite early in their schooling. Decimal problems being one of the first classroom encounters with numbers that are not whole, this is a big step for young learners, and is easier for some than it is for others. However, a little bit of practice solving decimal problems will go a long way in overcoming difficulties with decimals.
In the beginning, decimal problems are for the most part confined to place value problems, wherein students are asked to identify the value and place value of various parts of a decimal number. Such decimal problems help students familiarize themselves with decimal numbers. With time, students move on to more complex decimal problems, like comparing decimals, converting decimals and adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing decimals. To be able to solve the different kinds of decimal problems with ease, students must fully understand the concept of decimal numbers and their relation to whole numbers and fractions.
Decimal word problems help students recognize the central role decimal numbers play in our everyday lives. In decimal word problems, students come across decimal numbers as monetary values, distances on road trips, the weight of various objects and the time scores of runners, to name a few examples. This helps students think beyond decimals as mere numbers. Solving decimal word problems is an important step to getting better at solving decimal problems in general.