# Counting in tenths

## In a nutshell

A tenth represents the value of the digit to the right hand side of the decimal point. A tenth also represents one part of a whole split into ten equal parts. One tenth can be written as a fraction in the form of $\dfrac{1}{10}$ .

##### Example 1

*Measurements can be split into $10$ equal pieces called tenths. A centimetre is split into $10$ equal parts called millimetres.*

*One millimetre is one tenth, or $\dfrac{1}{10}$ of a centimetre.*

## Counting in tenths

Count up in tenths by increasing the number on the top of the fraction. The number on the bottom of the fraction should always be $10$. Fractions greater than one whole can be written as mixed numbers, such as $1\dfrac{1}{10}$, or improper (top-heavy) fractions, such as $\dfrac{11}{10}$.

##### Example 2

*Count up in tenths. Write your answers as mixed numbers where required.*

*$\dfrac{8}{10},$ $\dfrac{9}{10},$ $1,$ $1\dfrac{1}{10},$ $1\dfrac{2}{10}$*

*Count up in tenths. Write your answers as improper fractions where required.*

$\dfrac{8}{10},$ $\dfrac{9}{10},$ $\dfrac{10}{10},$ $\dfrac{11}{10},$ $\dfrac{12}{10}$

**Tip:** If you are asked to count down in tenths, you will need to decrease the number on the top of the fraction instead.