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What is Expanded Notation?

Date: 08/22/2001 at 18:20:15
From: Guy Sularz
Subject: Math

My daughter was asked to rewrite each number as expanded notation. 
What is expanded notation? 

Thank you.

Date: 08/23/2001 at 08:26:25
From: Doctor Sarah
Subject: Re: Math

Hi Guy - thanks for writing to Dr. Math.

Here's an explanation of expanded notation by Mary Lou, from our 
Teacher2Teacher service:   

   The Hindu Arabic system that is used to write 
   numbers assigns a place value to a position 
   in a number. The number 5487.32 consists 
   of the digits:  2, 3, 4, 5, 7, and 8. However, each 
   of these digits occupies a different position in 
   the number. The 2 represents 2/100ths. The 3 
   represents 3/10ths. The 7 represents 7 units 
   or 7. The 8 represents 8 tens or 80. The 4 
   represents 4 hundreds or 400, whereas the 5 
   represents 5 thousands or 5,000.   

   To write the number 5487.32 in expanded 
   notation you would write:  

          5000 + 400 + 80 + 7 + 3/10 + 2/100.

   Try some. Remember that if there is a zero in 
   the number, such as in 5039, the zero says that 
   there are zero hundreds or no hundreds. The 
   expanded notation for 5039 is 5000 + 30 + 9.

You might also want to look at an answer about expanded form and 
standard form from our Dr. Math archives:

   Expanded and Standard Forms   

- Doctor Sarah, The Math Forum   
Associated Topics:
Elementary Number Sense/About Numbers
Middle School Number Sense/About Numbers

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