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Multiply and divide decimals by 10, 100 and 1000


Did you know that when you multiply and divide a decimal by 10, 100 and 1000, the place value of the digits either increases or decreases?

  • When multiplying, the digits move to the left since the number gets bigger.
  • When dividing, the digits move to the right since the number gets smaller.


It is important to remember that the decimal point does not move.

You can use place value charts to help multiply and divide by 10, 100 and 1000. This enables you to see how the digits increase or decrease in value.

A trick to help you remember how many places the digits need to move is by looking at the zeros in 10, 100 and 1000.

For example, if you multiply or divide by 1000, you either move 3 places to the right or left.

  • 1 zero = 1 place
  • 2 zeros = 2 places
  • 3 zeros = 3 places



Multiplying and dividing by 10

This video will help you to understand place value and how it can be used to multiply and divide decimals by 10. Why not make some notes as you watch the video to help you to remember later?


Follow the link to watch the video...


Once you have watched the video, have a go at the practise questions underneath. 

Activity 1:


Multiplying and dividing by 10

Use what you have learnt about place value to multiply and divide these numbers by 10.


Follow the link and watch the video pictured below.

Activity 2:


Multiplying and dividing by 10 and 100

Now complete the activities in this worksheet from Collins to multiply and divide the numbers by 10 and 100.

Activity 3:


Multiplying and dividing decimals by 10, 100 and 1000 with missing numbers

Print out and complete the activities in this worksheet from Twinkl and see if you can work out the missing numbers. The answers are on pages 2, 4 and 6 of the worksheet.

You can access all videos, tasks and resources on the BBC Bitesize website. 

Just follow the link below.