0.06 and 0.2 represent fractions with denominators of 100 and 10, respectively. ().
The product of these fractions will have a denominator of 1,000 (100 x
10). This means that the product of the decimals will have 3 decimal
places. Whew! We haven't moved this many dots since we worked in the gum
drop factory. Now that the denominator is taken care of, let's
have a look-see at the numerator. 0.06 and 0.2 represent fractions with
numerators of 6 and 2, respectively. Multiply 0.06 and 0.2, ignoring the
decimal points, to get 12. 12 is not our final answer, of course,
as we still haven't applied our denominator. Since we know the product
of 0.06 and 0.2 will have 3 decimal places, we move the decimal point 3
places to the left to get our solution: 0.012. Now towel that decimal
place off and get him some Gatorade - that was a workout! |