Video: Ordering Given Numbers in Descending Order

Arrange the numbers 494, 783, 316, 928, 544 in descending order.

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Arrange the numbers 494, 783, 316, 928, and 544 in descending order.

In this question, we’re given five three-digit numbers. And we have to arrange them in descending order. Descending means going down. So we have to start with the number which is worth the most and end with the number which is worth the least.

Which of our numbers is worth the most? If we write each of our five numbers out in columns, this will help us to compare the value of the digits. We need to start with the number which is worth the most. So let’s start with the hundreds digit. We’re looking for the hundreds digit with the greatest value, four hundreds, seven hundreds, three hundreds, nine hundreds, or five hundreds. It’s nine hundreds. The nine is in the number 928. So the number with the greatest value is 928. Let’s cross that number out.

Which of our remaining numbers has the most hundreds? Four hundreds, seven hundreds, three hundreds, or five hundreds? It’s 783. Which of our three remaining numbers has the most hundreds? We know that five hundreds are more than four hundreds and more than three hundreds. So the next number is 544. Now we just need to compare the hundreds digit of our two remaining numbers. And we know that four is greater than three, so our next number is 494. This just leaves us with one number remaining. It’s the number 316. This is the number worth the least.

We’ve ordered our five three-digit numbers from the greatest to the smallest. The numbers in descending order are 928, 783, 544, 494, and 316. We used our knowledge of place value to help.

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