Digits and Place Values

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This is an introductory tutorial outlining what digits and place values are. The associated video tutorial is to come.

What is a Digit?

A digit is any of the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.

What is a Multiple Digit number?

A multiple digit number is any number that has more than one digit. That is, any whole number between 10 and 99 is a double digit number; similarly, any whole number between -10 and -99 is also a double digit number.

Knowing this, decide which of the below is a double digit, and which is a triple digit number. Hover your mouse over the image to reveal the answer.

What is a place value?

Every digit in a number is assigned a place value.

For example, in the number seventy-two, the digit 7 is assigned the tens' value; this tells you there are seven lots of 10s. The digit 2 is assigned the ones' value; this tells you that there are two lots of 1s.

The larger a number is (i.e. the more digits it has), the more place values it has. For example, the number 363,105 has six place values.

Complementary Exercises

Below are some complementary exercises for you to work through in your own time to consolidate your understanding. You can download the document here: