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### Decimals

1. 1. Gray Morris
2. 2. Unit One: Chapter 3
3. 3. <ul><li>Read decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Write decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Compare the size of decimals to one another </li></ul><ul><li>Convert fractions to decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Convert decimals to fractions </li></ul><ul><li>Add decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Subtract decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Multiply decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Divide decimals </li></ul><ul><li>Round decimals to nearest tenth </li></ul><ul><li>Round decimals to nearest hundredth </li></ul>After reviewing this chapter, you should be able to:
4. 4. <ul><li>Dosages and other measurements in health care </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding is crucial </li></ul><ul><li>Decimal points—major source of medication errors </li></ul><ul><li>Write with great care! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: Digoxin 0.125 mg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coreg 3.125 mg </li></ul></ul>
5. 5. <ul><li>A decimal is a fraction with a denominator that is a multiple of 10. The decimal (.) is used to indicate place value. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Caution: each decimal expression with a value less than 1 is preceded by a leading zero to emphasize the presence of a decimal, according to national patient safety standards (ISMP and TJC) </li></ul></ul>
6. 7. <ul><li>Reading </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the whole number on the left </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the decimal point as the word “and” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read the decimal fraction on the right </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 8.3 = “eight and three tenths” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 4.06 = “four and six hundreths” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 0.5 = “five tenths </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Point: In emergencies, when reading an order back to a health care provider, read the zero aloud. 0.5 becomes “zero point five” </li></ul></ul>
7. 8. <ul><li>Write as follows </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The whole number (if none, then write a zero - “0”) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The decimal point to indicate the place of value </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The decimal fraction portion of the number </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: “seven and five tenths” = 7.5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ one hundred twenty-five thousandths” = 0.125 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Point: Unnecessary or “trailing” zeros should NOT be placed at end of numbers (ISMP and TJC “Do Not Use” list from 2005). Trailing zeros are acceptable only to demonstrate the precision of value in lab results or imaging studies or the sizes of lesions or tubes. </li></ul></ul>
8. 9. <ul><li>Zeros do not change the value of the number whether added at the beginning or the end, but they are unsafe as trailers. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: .7 is the same numerical value as 0.7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 12.6250 is the same value as 12.625 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 30.0 can be misinterpreted as 300! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>USE leading zeros; AVOID trailing zeros </li></ul>
9. 10. <ul><li>Zeros added within a decimal number change the value dramatically </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 0.375 mg is NOT the same as 0.0375 mg </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 2.025 mg is NOT the same as 20.025 mg </li></ul></ul>
10. 11. <ul><li>Different whole numbers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>If whole numbers are present and different, whole numbers are compared to determine largest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 4.8 is greater than 2.9 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Same or no whole number </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The number in the tenths place determines largest </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 0.45 is larger than 0.37 </li></ul></ul>
11. 12. <ul><li>Same or no whole number, and the number in the tenths place is the same </li></ul><ul><li>The decimal with the highest number in the hundredths place is the largest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: 0.67 is larger than 0.66 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 0.17 is larger than 0.14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 0.09 is larger than 0.08 </li></ul></ul>
12. 13. <ul><li>Place the numbers in the columns so the decimals are lined up. Add or subtract from left to right. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Safety Point: Zeros may be added to help line up decimals – don’t include in final answer! </li></ul></ul>
13. 14. <ul><li>Place decimal correctly! </li></ul><ul><li>Multiply numbers; in the product (answer), count decimal places right to left equal to the total decimal places in the numbers being multiplied. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul>
14. 15. <ul><li>Add zeros where needed to ensure correct placement of decimal in answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul></ul>
15. 16. <ul><li>Multiplying by 10, 100, 1,000 can be done by moving decimal to the right one space for each zero in the number by which multiplying </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 1.6 x 10 = 1.6 = 16 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>5.2 x 100 = 5.20 = 520 </li></ul></ul>
16. 17. <ul><li>Same as for whole numbers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: = 27 divided by 9 </li></ul></ul>
17. 18. <ul><li>To divide by a whole number, place decimal in quotient directly above decimal in dividend </li></ul>
18. 19. <ul><li>Move the decimal in the divisor to the right until the number is a whole number. Then move the decimal in the dividend the same number of spaces. </li></ul>
19. 20. <ul><li>To divide by 10, 100, or 1,000, move decimal to the left one place for each zero in the divisor </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples: 00.46  10 = 0.046 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>000.07  100 = 0.0007 </li></ul></ul>
20. 21. <ul><li>Based on equipment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Most carry to hundredths place and rounds to tenths </li></ul></ul><ul><li>If number in hundredths place is 5 or greater, add 1 to tenths place and drop the hundredths </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 4.15 rounds to 4.2 </li></ul></ul>
21. 22. <ul><li>If number in hundredths place is less than 5 , drop number to the right of tenths place </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: and 4.14 rounds to 4.1 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To express numbers in hundredths, carry equations out to thousandths and then round </li></ul>
22. 23. <ul><li>Rewrite fraction in division format </li></ul><ul><li>Divide the numerator by the denominator and add zeros as needed </li></ul><ul><li>Method can be used to compare fraction size </li></ul>
23. 24. <ul><li>Write decimal as a whole number in numerator of fraction, express denominator as powers of 10 </li></ul><ul><li>Place the number 1 in denominator of fraction and add as many zeros as there are places to right of decimal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example: 0.4 is read as “four tenths” = 4/10 = 2/5 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> 0.65 is read as “sixty-five hundredths = 65/100 = 13/20 reduced </li></ul></ul>