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To add decimal numbers:
To subtract decimal numbers:
Let's look at an example.
To add these numbers, first arrange the terms vertically, aligning the decimal points in each term. Don't forget, for a whole number like the first term, the decimal point lies just to the right of the ones column. You can add zeroes to the right of the decimal point to make it easier to align the columns. Then add the columns working from the right to the left, positioning the decimal point in the answer directly under the decimal points in the terms.
Here's a subtraction example.
To subtract these numbers, first arrange the terms vertically, aligning the decimal points in each term. You can add zeroes to the right of the decimal point, to make it easier to align the columns. Then subtract the columns working from the right to the left, putting the decimal point in the answer directly underneath the decimal points in the terms. Check your answer by adding it to the second term and making sure it equals the first.
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