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Adding decimals with ones and tenths parts

Learn how to add decimals, specifically to the tenths. Practice adding whole numbers first, then adding the decimal parts. Learn the concept of carrying over in decimal addition.

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- [Instructor] Last video, we got a little bit of practice adding decimals that involved tenths. Now let's do slightly more complicated examples. So let's say we wanna add four to 5.7, or we could read the second number as five and 7/10. Pause this video, and see if you can do this. The way that my brain tries to tackle this is, I try to separate the whole numbers from the tenths, so you can view this as being the same thing as four plus five plus 7/10. All I did here is I broke up the five and 7/10 into five plus 7/10, and the reason why my brain likes to do that is because I can then say okay four plus five, that's just going to be equal to nine, and then I just have to add the 7/10. So it's gonna be nine and 7/10 which I can rewrite, this is going to be equal to nine and 7/10. Nine and 7/10 I could write as 9.7. Even though in future videos we're going to learn other ways of adding decimals, especially larger, more complicated decimals, this is still how my brain adds four plus 5.7. Especially if I need to do it in my head. I say okay, four plus five is nine, and then I have that 7/10, so it's going to be nine and 7/10 or 9.7. Now let's do another example where both numbers involve a decimal. Let's say I want to add 6.3 to 7.4. So 6.3 plus 7.4. Once again, pause this video and try to work through it on your own. Well my brain does it the same way. I break up the whole numbers and the decimals. Once again, there's many different ways of adding decimals, but this is just one way that seems to work. Especially for decimals like this. So we could view this as six and 3/10, so I'm breaking up the 6.3, the six and 3/10, into six plus 3/10 plus seven and 4/10. Seven plus 4/10, and then this you can view as, so you could view this as six plus seven, six plus seven, plus, plus 3/10, plus 3/10 plus 4/10, plus 4/10. If you add the ones here, you have six ones and seven ones, that's going to be equal to 13, and then 3/10 and 4/10. If you have three of something and then you add four of that, that's going to be 7/10, and we would write 7/10 as 0.7. Seven in the tenths place. Then what's 13 plus 7/10? Well that is going to be 13. This is going to be equal to 13.7. 13.7, and we are done. Let me do one more example that will get a little bit, a little bit more involved. So let me delete all of these. Let's say I wanted to add 6.3 to, and I'm gonna add that to 2 point, 2.9. Pause the video and see if you can figure this out. Let's do the same thing. This is going to be six and 3/10, so six plus 3/10, plus two, plus 9/10, or you could view this as six plus two, so I'll put all my ones together. Six plus two, and then I'll put my tenths together, plus 3/10, plus 3/10. Plus 9/10, plus 9/10. And so the six plus two is pretty straightforward. That is going to be equal to eight. Now what's 3/10 plus 9/10? This is gonna get a little bit interesting. 3/10 plus 9/10, and I could write it out. I could say this is three tenths, this is nine tenths. Well 3/10 plus 9/10 is equal to 12/10. This is going to be 12/10, but how do we write 12/10 as a number? Well 12/10 is the same thing as 10/10 plus 2/10. The reason why I broke it up this way is 10/10 is one whole, so this is going to be equal to one. When you add these two together, it's 12/10 which is the same thing as one and 2/10. So one plus 2/10 or, well let me just write it that way. This I can rewrite as plus one plus 2/10, and then I think you see where this is going. I could add the eight and the one, and I get nine and 2/10. So nine and 2/10. So it's going to be 9.2. The reason why this one was a little bit more interesting is I added the ones, I got six plus two is eight, but then when I added the tenths, I got something that was more than a whole. I got 12/10 which is one and 2/10, and so I added one more whole to the eight to get nine, and then I had those 2/10 leftover. This is really good to understand because in the future when you're adding decimals, you'll be doing stuff like carrying from one place to another, and this is essentially what we did. When we added the 3/10 plus the 9/10, we got 12/10, and so we added an extra whole, and then we had the leftover 2/10. Hopefully, that makes some sense.