# Is .012 less than .05?

Q. Which is bigger or smaller — .012 or .05?

Adam answers:

.012 is less than .05. Or, said another way, .05 is more than .012.

When you have decimals of less than zero, the way to determine the larger number is to first look at the first number after the decimal point. For example, .13 is greater then .099 because the first number after the decimal point in .13 is a 1 and the first number after the decimal point in .099 is a 0.

In the question comparing .012 and .05, the first number after the decimal point is a 0 in both cases. Therefore, you move on to the second number after the decimal point. In this case, the second number after the decimal point in .05 is 5 and the second number after the decimal point in .012 is 1, so .05 is larger.

Don’t be fooled if one number looks larger because it has more numbers after the decimal point than the other number. When you see a number like .05, it is equal to .050 or .0500 or .050000, but we just drop the extra zeros in most cases. However, if you get confused, you can add a zero at the end of a decimal to match up the number of digits and more easily see which is greater. For example, if you added a 0 to .05 and made it .050, you would immediately know that .050 is greater than .012.