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Adding decimals word problem

Here's a simple word problem asking us to put our adding decimals skill to work. Created by Sal Khan.

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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user POTATO :)
    I just realized, decimals and whole numbers are very different. If you put a 0 in a decimal, it makes no difference, but in a whole number, it makes so much difference.
    (14 votes)
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  • leaf red style avatar for user Jamyla Smith
    more hints because some people dont understand it well from the understanding of the hints
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  • leafers seed style avatar for user kvaughn
    i am still having a hard time because it dose not make sense to me at all so please tell me the meaning of this please make an different video cuz i having hard time.
    (8 votes)
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  • starky sapling style avatar for user Kelly
    do you always have to line up the decimais
    (2 votes)
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  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Ann Vu
    Thanks sal!😀
    (6 votes)
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  • piceratops tree style avatar for user jamie breedlove
    im back from the dead
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user Matthew.Arthur.Marquez
    I think the word 'Decimal' is Latin, correct?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user richajad000
    What would happen if the decimals are not lined up?
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    • leaf grey style avatar for user Mageborn
      Then you'd get the wrong number. For instance,
      _65.74
      +_3.76
      This would equal 69.5 if you add line by line.
      65.74
      +__3.76
      Adding line by line gets you 66.1.2 which isn't exactly a valid number, since you can't have a decimal after the decimal.
      (3 votes)
  • piceratops seed style avatar for user xgam102005
    Can I do a quiz on addition
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user ellajahcat
    hello, math is very frustrating for me and I usually end up depressed afterwards. Does anybody have tips to help me stay happy about math?
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    • leafers ultimate style avatar for user KathyC
      First, make sure you have memorized your basic math facts. That's all of the addition/subtraction and multiplication/division facts up to 10+10 and 10x10.
      Next, figure out which things you are not understanding as well as you'd like and practice them. For example, I found your question in the "6th Grade" section so I assume something about 6th grade math is causing problems. Did you find 5th grade math OK? If not, use Khan Academy to review and relearn 5th grade math. If you find things in that section that are confusing, try the 4th grade section. As you review and relearn previous years math, you'll find the current year getting easier.
      Will it take time? Yes. But it will be worth it. As ellajahcat says, Math is important for life. No matter what type of job you end up in, you'll need math.
      (3 votes)

Video transcript

On Saturday, William's parents gave birth to twins and named them Nadia and Vanessa. When they were first born, Nadia weighed 7.27 pounds and was 21.5 inches tall, and Vanessa weighed 8.34 pounds. How much did the babies weigh in total? So they tell us Nadia weighed 7.27 and Vanessa weighed 8.34. We have to add those up. And really, they just gave us this. The length of Nadia at birth really is a distraction, just so that we just don't mindlessly add any numbers we see. So this is really unnecessary information just to distract us. So we need to add Nadia's birth weight plus Vanessa's. So it's 7.27. So 7.27 plus 8.34. And it's always important that we line up the decimal. And I'd like to do the decimal first. So it's 8.34. And we'll just add these two up. So 7 plus 4, and this is really 7/100 plus 4/100 is 11/100, which is the same thing as 1/100 and 1/10. 1/10 plus 2/10 plus 3/10 is 6/10. We've got our decimal sign right over there. And then 7 plus 8 is 15, or you could even say it's five 1's and one 10. And we're done. They weighed 15.61 pounds in total.