How Zeros Are Used in Decimals


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Which one of the following shows trailing zeros in a decimal number?

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1. What is the purpose of leading zeros in a decimal number such as .00023?

2. When would you have trailing zeros in a decimal number?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will assess your understanding of the use of zeros in decimal numbers. Practice questions focus on the necessity of leading and trailing zeros and how they are needed for accuracy.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Test your understanding of the importance of zeros in decimal numbers through questions about:

  • Leading zeros
  • Trailing zeros
  • The purpose of using zeros
  • How zeros are needed for accuracy

Skills Practiced

This assessment will test the following skills:

  • Making connections - understanding of the concept zeros as placeholders
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read decimal numbers with zeros as placeholders correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast leading and trailing zeros
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about decimal numbers

Additional Learning

The importance of zeros as placeholders in decimal numbers is described in the lesson called How Zeros Are Used in Decimals. Topics include:

  • Defining decimal numbers
  • Leading zeros
  • Trailing zeros
  • When and why you should use leading and trailing zeros