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
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.