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A Stem and Leaf Plot Decimals Hundredths

# Stem and Leaf Plot Decimals Hundredths

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It's easy to use CSS to generate diagrams like this one.

### Leaf

But the leaves are fairly long this way, because the values are so close together. To spread the values out a bit, I can break each leaf into two. For instance, the leaf for the two-hundreds class can be split into two classes, being the numbers between 200 and 240 and the numbers between 250 and 290. I can also reverse the order, so the smaller values are at the bottom of the "stem". The new plot looks like this: If I try to use the last digit, the hundredths digit, for these numbers, the stem-and-leaf plot will be enormously long, because these values are so spread out. (With the numbers' first three digits ranging from 232 to 270, I'd have thirty-nine leaves, most of which would be empty.) So instead of working with the given numbers, I'll round each of the numbers to the nearest tenth, and then use those new values for my plot. Rounding gives me the following list:

Luckily decimals really don’t make stem and leaf plots THAT much more difficult. You begin with the same steps as regular problems. If the numbers in the group aren’t already in order, you still have to list them in order, smallest to largest. Then we know the leaves will be the digit on the far right of each number. Here is where decimals get tricky. (Source: learnalgebrafaster.com)

### Stem

Luckily decimals really don’t make stem and leaf plots THAT much more difficult. You begin with the same steps as regular problems. If the numbers in the group aren’t already in order, you still have to list them in order, smallest to largest. Then we know the leaves will be the digit on the far right of each number. Here is where decimals get tricky. (Source: learnalgebrafaster.com)

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