Kavitha wants to buy biscuits that cost \(₹\)20.5. If she needs 3 biscuits, how much she should pay?
We can simply answer it, by multiplying the cost and the number of biscuits. we get 20.5 \(×\) 3 \(=\) 61.5.
In many situations in our daily life, we use the multiplication of decimal numbers. We shall explore it in the upcoming lessons.
Here we split the decimal multiplication into two parts as follows.
i) Decimal multiplication through models and area models.
ii) Multiplication of Decimal Numbers by \(10\), \(100\) and \(1000\).
Decimal multiplication through models and area models.
Now let us find the \(0.1 × 0.1\) using the grid model.
We can rewrite \(0.1\) as 110; Therefore, \(0.1 × 0.1 =\) 110×110: That is 110\(^t\)\(^h\) of 110.
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Shade the horizontal area of 110 by red color. And shade blue color on the vertical area of 110.
110\(^t\)\(^h\) of 110 is the common portion, which is 1100\(^t\)\(^h\).
Therefore, it shows that 110×110 \(=\) 1100 \(= 0.01\).
Hence, \(0.1 × 0.1 = 0.01\).
Now by applying the above concept we see an example with some other numbers.
Find \(0.5 × 0.4\)
  • Let us first shade \(4\) rows of the grid in red colour to represent \(0.4\).
  • Shade \(5\) columns of the grid in blue colour to represent \(0.5\) of \(0.4\).
  • Now \(20\) squares represents the common portion.
  • This represents \(20\) hundredth or \(0.20\). Hence \(0.5 × 0.4 = 0.20\).
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In the above figure, we can observe that the number of decimal digits in \(0.20\) is two. So, we can conclude that the number of decimal digits in the product of two decimal numbers is equal to the sum of decimal digits which are multiplied.