Place Value

A **place value system** is a system of numerals that has a different value based on where it is located in the number. For example, take the number 1 in the decimal system. As 1, this numeral is only worth, well, 1. If we put a 0 next to it, it becomes worth ten, or 10.

This is important to understand as you learn about the binary, octal and hexadecimal systems, as they have the same *numeral*s as the the decimal system, but each numeral has a different value according to it's place.

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