Arrange the numbers 463, 218, 757,
541, and 137 in ascending order. We’re shown five three-digit
numbers. And we’re asked to order them in
ascending order. Ascending means going up. So we have to start with the
smallest number and work our way up to the largest number. When we’re ordering three-digit
numbers we’re ordering numbers that have a hundreds digit, a tens digit, and a ones
digit. Writing the numbers into our place
value chart will help us to compare the value of each of the digits.
Let’s start by comparing the
hundreds digit. 463 has four hundreds, 218 has two,
757 has seven hundreds, 541 has five hundreds, and 137 has one hundred. Which of the hundreds digit is
worth the least? Well, we know that one is less than
five, seven, two, and four. So the hundreds digit with the
least value is the one in 137. Which is worth the least? Four hundreds, two hundreds, seven
hundreds, or five hundreds? It’s two hundreds. And the two is in the number
218. Now we just need to compare 463,
757, and 541.
Which is worth the least? It’s 463. Four is less than five and less
than seven. And now we just need to compare 757
and 541. We know five is less than seven, so
our next number is 541. And we only have one number left,
757. The numbers in ascending order are
137, 218, 463, 541, and 757.