What you need to know

Things to remember:

  • Read the digits from right to left so you can find the place value more easily.
  • Stop when you get to your number and multiply it by the place value.

We’ve seen how to determine the place value previously, which we did by reading the digits from right to left until we find our number. Let’s have a little look back.

What is the value of the 2 in 256,341?

Start with the units and go left.

Units\rightarrow 1

Tens\rightarrow 4

  Hundreds\rightarrow 3

Thousands\rightarrow 6

Ten\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 5

  Hundred\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 2

Here we can see that the 2 represents the hundreds of thousands. So, if we have 2 hundred thousands, how much is that? 2\times100,000=200,000. So, our 2 represents 200,000.

We do this in the exact same way with bigger numbers as well.

What is the value of the 4 in 43,261,556?

Start with the units and go left.

Units\rightarrow 6

Tens\rightarrow 5

  Hundreds\rightarrow 5

Thousands\rightarrow 1

  Ten\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 6

  Hundred\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 2

Millions \rightarrow 3

Ten\hspace{1em}Millions \rightarrow 4

Here we can see that the 4 represents the tens of millions. So, if we have 4 ten millions, how much is that? 4\times10,000,000=40,000,000. So, our 4 represents 40,000,000.

Example Questions

Question 1: What is the value of the 6 in 26,332,512?

Answer

Start with the units and go left.

Units\rightarrow 2

Tens\rightarrow 1

  Hundreds\rightarrow 5

Thousands\rightarrow 2

  Ten\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 3

  Hundred\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 3

Millions \rightarrow 6

Here we can see that the 6 represents the millions. So, if we have 6 millions, how much is that? 6\times1,000,000=6,000,000. So, our 6 represents 6,000,000.

Question 2: What is the value of the 8 in 81,233,656?

Answer

Start with the units and go left.

Units\rightarrow 6

Tens\rightarrow 6

  Hundreds\rightarrow 6

Thousands\rightarrow 3

  Ten\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 3

  Hundred\hspace{1em}Thousands\rightarrow 2

Millions \rightarrow 1

Ten\hspace{1em}Millions \rightarrow 8

Here we can see that the 8 represents the tens of millions. So, if we have 8 ten millions, how much is that? 8\times10,000,000=80,000,000. So, our 8 represents 80,000,000.