Subtracting Decimals

When subtracting two decimal numbers, you must do the following:

1) Line up numbers according to their place values.

2) Zeros can be added as place holders , whenever they are required

3) Subtract the numbers.

4) Place the decimal point in the difference directly under the other decimal points above.

Example

Subtract 43,871 - 1523

Solution

Rewrite the problem

                                                 43,871

                                               -15,230

                                                 28,641    

A zero is added after the 3 to keep the column straight

Example

Subtract 19.356 - 14.124

Solution

Rewrite the subtraction

                                                  19,356      

                                                -14,124

                                                  05,232

Example

Subtract 650,3 - 457,389

Solution

Rewrite the subtraction

                                                 650,300

                                              - 457,389    

                                                 192,911