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## MAP Recommended Practice

### Course: MAP Recommended Practice > Unit 34

Lesson 34: Multiplying decimals strategies- Estimating decimal multiplication
- Estimating with multiplying decimals
- Developing strategies for multiplying decimals
- Represent decimal multiplication with grids and area models
- Understanding decimal multiplication
- Multiplying decimals using estimation
- Understand multiplying decimals

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# Understanding decimal multiplication

CCSS.Math:

Sal uses estimation to understand where to place decimals in the product of a decimal multiplication problem. Created by Sal Khan.

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- please upvote me for badge(9 votes)
- im in 5 grade and this easy(5 votes)
- please someone help me this is so hard. I can't do this cause teachers tell me different my fourth grade teacher told me a different way and how this tricky. My compacted math teacher in fifth grade said to do it like this esay. sadness(2 votes)
- It's kind of easy in a few cases. For example, the first question, all of the decimals are placed at different places and as the decimal goes to the right, it is multiplied by 10, 100. . . . As we go to the left, it gets divided by 10, 10. . . . So when we are multiplying, (since they already gave the product) we will add the decimal points on the location of where it is (like, if the decimal point is after 2 digits in the ques., it will be after 2 digits in the answer too). It also depends on how many nos. have the decimal points. If both numbers have it, then you just have to add up the points (for e.g.- 0.52x 76.2=
**39.624**, since both numbers add up to have decimal pints after 3 places). Hope this helps :D(3 votes)

- I do not get it(3 votes)
- how does sal not realize that he put them in the right spots when he moved then 0-0(3 votes)
- 1:06
**what***does*he mean?(2 votes)- well, he is saying that 76.2 can be rounded to 76 I like to think of it as a whole number so 76.2 becomes 762 and i think to round it to the nearest ten so that be comes 760 the I make it a decimal and were done.(3 votes)

- Why so easy?✖️😌(2 votes)
- this is so easy ❌🚫⛑️(2 votes)
- How are you good at divison(0 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] We are told
that 52 times 762 is equal to 39,624, and then we're
told to match each expression to its product. And these products, this is an exercise on Khan Academy, you can move them around so the product can be matched
to the appropriate expression. So pause this video and see
if you can figure that out. All right, now what you
might have realized is all of these expressions
deal with the same digits as 52 times 762. They just have the decimal
in different places. And so what we can do
is, we can say, hey look, the answer is going to have
the digits three, nine, six, two, four, in that order. And you could see all of
these have the digits three, nine, six, two, four, in that order. And then we can estimate what these expressions should be equal to, what the products should be equal to, to think about the decimal. So this first expression, 0.52 times 76.2, the way I think about
it is 0.52, that's close to 50/100, that's close to a half, and so 76.2, that's close to 76. And so this first expression, this first product should
be roughly half of 76. Half of 76 would be around 38. And so which of these is close to 38? Well this first one is 39.624, so that's actually the closest to 38. The second one is 396. And then we have 3,962. So I like this first one, the 39.624. That feels right. Now the second expression, 0.52 times 762. Well once again, 0.52 is
roughly equal to 50/100, roughly equal to 5/10,
roughly equal to 1/2, and so, and 762, we
could say hey, you know, that's, if we wanna be really rough, really, really approximate it, we could say, hey, it's roughly 800. And so this should be about half of 800, so it should be around 400. And so we actually had
that choice already there. So this would be 396.24. Definitely wouldn't be the the 3,962.4. And so I'm already feeling good that this last choice sits down here. But I can verify it. 5.2, well let's just say that's roughly 5. 762, let's say that's roughly 800. So five times 800, that would be around, that would be 4000. And so we would expect this expression to be close to 4000, and indeed, that's what this choice is. So it turns out that it
was already in the order that we needed it to be, but it's good that we checked on that.