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### Moving the Decimal Point

```Date: 12/04/2002 at 21:57:51
From: Tyler Woxland
Subject: Division  of Two decimals

When you divide two decimals, what is it called when you move the
decimal point?
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Date: 12/05/2002 at 11:28:49
From: Doctor Ian
Subject: Re: Division  of Two decimals

Hi Tyler,

Do you mean when you do something like this?

______               ________
31.45 ) 216.5   ==>   3145 ) 21650.0

There's not really an official name for it, although it might fall
under the category of 'equivalent fractions', since what you're really
doing is this:

216.5     100     21650
------- * ----- = -------
31.45     100      3145

Does that make sense?

- Doctor Ian, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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Elementary Definitions
Elementary Division
Elementary Fractions

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