Place value is very important in interpreting numbers. For example, on the scoreboard below, the home team has 112 points. 112 can be represented as 100 + 10 + 2. Reading right to left, the first 1 is in the hundreds place, so it has a value of 100. The second 1 is in the tens place, so it has a value of 10. The 2 is in the ones place, so it has a value of 2.
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