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How to Arrange the Decimal Number in Ascending Order

Last updated date: 23rd May 2024
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Playing Around With Decimals

Priyansh uses a ruler to cut 3 different size tapes one by one. One is 5.5 inches long, the other is 5.25 inches long and the third and last one is 5.75 inches long. He decides to stick the tape from smallest to largest. The only way to determine the order is to arrange the decimal number from smallest to largest. In this article about decimals, we will learn how to arrange decimal numbers in ascending order.

What is Place Value?

A decimal number is made up of a whole number and a fractional part that is separated by a dot called the decimal point. For example, 4.37 is a decimal number in which 4 is the whole number part and .37 is the fractional part. It should be noted that in a decimal place value chart, the place values of all the digits are shown including the digits before the decimal point and the digits after the decimal point.

Decimal Place Value Chart

If we observe the decimal place value chart, it can be seen that the place values before the decimal start with ones, followed by tens, hundreds, and so on, while the place values after the decimal point start from tenths, followed by hundredths, then thousandths and so on. The place value after the decimal represents the fractional part of the number. For example, the number 0.56 is made up of 5 tenths and 6 hundredths. This can also be written as 0.56 = 0.5 + 0.06. In other words, it means, 0.56 = $\dfrac{5}{10} + \dfrac{6}{100}$.

Decimal place value chart

Decimal place value chart

How to Arrange Decimals in Ascending Order?

'When we arrange the decimal number from smallest to the largest order, we say that they are arranged in ascending order.

To arrange the decimals in ascending first we need to compare the decimals.

The following steps will help us to compare the decimal numbers:

Step 1: Obtain the decimal numbers.

Step 2: Now, compare the whole parts of the numbers.

The whole number part with a greater number will be greater. If the whole number of parts is equal, then go to the next step.

Step 3: Compare the digit on the left of the decimal point. Compared to the tens place didn't, the number which is greater than the decimal number will be greater.

For example, in 0.25 and 2.25,


Solved Examples

Q1. Which one is bigger, 0.2 or 0.25 ?

Ans: 0.25 is bigger than 0.2 because of an additional 0.05.

We know that,

0.2 = 0.20.

So we can simply conclude that 0.25 is bigger than 0.20 because 25 is bigger than 20.

Q 2. Arrange the following decimals in increasing order or ascending order.

7.7,0.77,0.077, 0.007

Ans: First of all compare the ones digit which is on the left of the decimal point. Here there are 0 and 7 in one's place.

Hence, 7>0

Now, compare the digits after the decimal point.

Here, 7>0 hence 7.7 is the greatest of all the given numbers.

Now let us compare 0.77, 0.077, and 0.007

Here all have '0' in one's place.

Now in 0.77, there is '7' in its tenth place.

In 0.077, there is '7' in its hundredth place.

In 0.007 there is '7' in its hundredth place.


Hence, 0.77 is greater than 0.077 and 0.007

Now, let us check the hundredth place of 0.077 and 0.007

In 0.007, there is '0' in its hundredth place.

And in 0.077, there is '7' in its hundredth place.

Hence 0.077>0.007

Now arranging all decimals in ascending order we get,


Q 3. Arrange the following decimal in ascending order.

6.5,6.25, 6.75


Step1- First let us add zeros to make the digit numbers equal I.e 6.50,6.25, 6.75

Step2- Now compare the numbers on the left of the decimal point. Here all are 6.

Step3- Now compare the number in tenth place on the right of the decimal point.

Here, at 6.50, '5' is in tenth place.

In 6.25, '2' is in tenth place.

In 6.75, '7' is in tenth place.

Hence, 7> 2 and 5

Hence, 6.75 will be greater than 6.25 and 6.50

Step4- Now compare the tenth place of 6.25 and 6.50

There is '2' in tenth place in 6.25

There is '5' in tenth place in 6.50


Hence, 6.50>6.25

Hence, 6.75>6.50>6.25

= 6.25<6.50<6.75

Practice Questions

Q 1. Compare the two decimals 0.0987 and 0.987. Which one is greater?

Ans: 0.987>0.0987

Q 2. Express the given decimal number in increasing order.

0.340, 0.745, 0.281

Ans: The decimal number can be arranged in increasing order as follows-


0.281, 0.340, 0.745

Q 3. Arrange 0.02, 0.03, 0.07, 0.05, 0.04 in ascending order.

Ans: 0.02<0.03<0.04<0.05<0.07


We have collected that Decimal numbers are used in situations where more precision is required than the whole numbers can provide. Decimal numbers help us a lot in day-to-day transactions. When a value is very small or negligible, it takes the form of a decimal number. Or when we convert a fraction by dividing the numerator from the denominator we get a decimal number. This we learned how to compare decimal numbers and also how to arrange them in ascending order.

FAQs on How to Arrange the Decimal Number in Ascending Order

1. How do you arrange decimals in ascending and descending order?

To arrange the numbers in ascending order we arrange them from smallest to largest order. We know that numbers are said to be in descending order when they are arranged from the largest to the smallest number.

2. What are decimal numbers?

A decimal number consists of a whole and a fractional part. For example, the digit or number on the left of the decimal point is a whole number.

3. Why do we need decimals?

We use decimals everyday while dealing with money, weight, length etc. Decimal numbers are used in situations where more precision is required than whole numbers can provide. For example, when we calculate our weight on the weighing machine, we do not always find the weight equal to a whole number on the scale.