Place Value, Chart, and Face Value – Basic and Examples

Place value and face value are the most important parameters in mathematics. These two are the basic pillars of mathematics. Let’s welcome to our session to understand all the basic ideas!

What is Place Value?

Place value is related to the position or place, as the name suggests. We come across various numbers all the time. Numbers consist of digits. It may be one digit or 2 digits of 3 digits or many more. Now, each digit has a position in the number. Depending on that position or place, each digit has a value. This value is known as the place value.

place value
Fig. 1 Place value

Place Value Definition

It is defined as the position of each digit in any number.

Place Value Explanation

We all know counting from 0 to 9 and these are the main numbers which we use to express all other numbers. Now, you have been given so many numbers of balls and assigned a few containers or places from your right side to the left side. Let’s consider a few buckets or say ‘places’, like;



  • You have to go from right to left.
  • Your task is to fill the place.
  • Each place will contain only one digit.

Let’s start,

  • You start with place 1 and only one digit can be placed here and there are no digits on the right side. So, this place-1 is called ones.
  • Now, after 9 balls, the first place is filled and you need to go for second place, as 10 is having two digits. So, second place is started at 10 where 1 is in the place-2 and 0 is in place-1. This place-2 is called tens.
  • When you are keeping 99 balls, the next ball requires 3rd place. So, third place is started at 100 where 1 is in the place-3 and 0 is in place-2&1. This place-3 is called hundreds. This process is going on.

From these examples, we can see that,

  • Place 1 refers to 1 digit numbers i.e ones (1).
  • Place 2 refers to 2 digit numbers i.e tens (10).
  • Place 3 refers to 3 digit numbers i.e hundreds (100).
  • Place 4 refers to 4 digit numbers i.e thousands (1000) and so on.
place value explanation
Fig. 2 Place value explanation

The value of balls can contain in an individual place, is simply place value.

Take any number, 765.

Here, a place value of 6 needs to find out.

So, 6 is in 2nd place and we will simply say 6 tens or 6 multiply by10 = 6 x 10 = 60.

How to calculate Place Value?

  • This value is calculated by multiplying the digit by the value of its place or position.
  • It is determined as ones, tens, hundreds, thousands, ten thousand, millions, ten-millions, etc. based on the digit’s place.

Place Value Example

Let us try to see some examples,

  • 75649: Place value of 6 in 75649 is 6 hundred or 6×100 = 600.
  • 5245: Place value of 5 in 5245 is 5 thousand or 5 X 1000 = 5000.
  • 5489: Place value of 8 in 5489 is 8 tens or 8 X 10 = 80.

Place Value Chart

Place value chart is the basic chart by which we can easily place the digits in the proper places.

  • Now, how to use this chart?
  • Is it applicable for whole numbers and decimal numbers?

Let’s learn the place value chart for whole numbers and decimal numbers.

  • Place value chart implies the value of each digit,
  • It also implies how many ones, tens, hundreds, needs to use,

Steps to use place value charts,

  • Write the place value chart.
  • Then write the digits in the place value chart.
  • Write the numbers normally.

Place value charts are used for two systems,

  • International Place Value Chart
  • Place value chart for Indian system

Place Value Chart for Whole Numbers

International System

place value chart international
Fig. 3 Place value chart international

Indian System

place value chart Indian
Fig. 4 Place value chart Indian

Value of a digit = digit x place value.

Refer to the below table for a basic concept of the place value of a digit and the value of a digit.

Indian System & International System Comparison

In both systems, 5-digit numbers are read in the same way.

Let’s see a simple comparison table to read the numbers in both systems.

No. of. DigitsInternational SystemIndian System
1-Digit NumbersOne (1)One (1)
2-Digit NumbersTen (10)Ten (10)
3-Digit NumbersHundred (100)Hundred (100)
4-Digit NumbersThousand (1000)Thousand (1000)
5-Digit Numbers10 Thousand (10,000)10 Thousand (10,000)
6-Digit Numbers100 Thousand (100,1000)1 Lakh (1,00,000)
7-Digit Numbers1 Million (1,000,000)10 Lakhs (10,00,000)
8-Digit Numbers10 Million (10,000,000)1 Crore (1,10,00,000)
9-Digit Numbers100 Million (100,000,000)10 Crores (10,00,00,000)

Place Value Chart for Decimals

Decimal numbers mean we all know that simply fractions or a number with denominators of power of ten.

  • Any decimal number has two parts,
  • The left side of the digit is the whole number,
  • The right side of the decimal point is simply parts,
  • Place value of the digit is 10 times smaller,

Place value chart of decimals are as follows,

place value chart for decimals
Fig. 5 Place value chart for decimals

The first digit on the right of the decimal point means tenths. The second digit on the right of the decimal point means hundreds. The third digit on the right of the decimal point means thousands. Let’s consider a decimal number, 84.5912

  • 84 is the whole number part,
  • 8 is in tens place and its place value is 80,
  • 4 is in ones place, and its place value is 4.
  • There are four digits to the right of the decimal point,
  • 5 is in the tenths place after the decimal point, and its place value is 0.5,
  • 9 is in the hundredths place after the decimal point, and its place value is 0.09,
  • 1 is in the thousandths place after the decimal point, and its place value is 0.001,
  • 2 is in the ten-thousandths place after the decimal point, and its place value is 0.0002,

There are various types of worksheets available on the internet for practice.

What is Face value?

Face value means the value of the digit itself in any number.

Face Value Example

Let us try to see place value examples,

  • 5362: Face value of 6 is 6.
  • 5456: Face value of 4 is 4.
  • 9802: Face value of 8 is 8.
  • 9325: Face value of 9,3,2,5 is 9,3,2,5 respectively.

There is a relation between place value and face value. We will see it with examples, Number 35487 Let’s find the place value and face value of 3. The face value of 3 is 3. Here, the position of 3 is 10000, and the face value of 3 is 3. Place value of 3, will be 3 x 10000 i.e. 30000.

Hence, we can say,

Place value = Face Value x Position

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Place Value Table

International System

Refer Place value in international system,

place value chart international system
Fig. 6 Place value chart international system
NumberPlace Value
728,529,674Place value of 4 in 728,529,674 = 4
728,529,674Place value of 7 in 728,529,674 =70
728,529,674Place value of 6 in 728,529,674 = 600
728,529,674Place value of 9 in 728,529,674 =9,000
728,529,674Place value of 2 in 728,529,674 = 20,000
728,529,674Place value of 5 in 728,529,674 = 500,000
728,529,674Place value of 8 in 728,529,674 = 8,000,000
728,529,674Place value of 2 in 728,529,674 = 20,000,000
728,529,674Place value of 7 in 728,529,674 = 700,000,000

Indian System

place value chart system Indian
Fig. 7 Place value chart system Indian

Let’s see the place value of every digit in the below number,

NumberPlace Value
21,34,56,197Place value of 7 in 21,34,56,197 = 7
21,34,56,197Place value of 9 in 21,34,56,197 = 90
21,34,56,197Place value of 1 in 21,34,56,197 = 100
21,34,56,197Place value of 6 in 21,34,56,197 = 6,000
21,34,56,197Place value of 5 in 21,34,56,197 = 50,000
21,34,56,197Place value of 4 in 21,34,56,197 = 4,00,000
21,34,56,197Place value of 3 in 21,34,56,197 = 30,00,000
21,34,56,197Place value of 1 in 21,34,56,197 = 1,00,00,000
21,34,56,197Place value of 2 in 21,34,56,197 = 20,00,00,000

Difference Between Place Value and Face Value

We have already got the basic idea of place value and face value. Now, we will see the differences between place value and face value.

Sl. No.Place ValueFace Value
1Place value is used to find out the value of the position of any digit in any numberFace value means the value of the digit itself in any number
2Place value is equal to the multiplication of Face value and the value of the position of the particular digitFace value is equal to the numerical value of the digit only
3Place value depends on the position of the digit in the numberIt is independent of the position

It will be easy to differentiate with an example, let us take a number, 5427.

DigitsPlace ValueFace Value
55 Thousands5
44 Hundreds4
23 Tens2
77 Units or ones7

Place Value & Face Value Examples

Number 75649

DigitsPlace ValueFace Value
77 x Ten Thousands = 70 Thousands = 70,0007
44 x Thousands = 4 Thousands = 4,0004
66 x Hundreds = 6 Hundreds = 6006
44 x Tens = 4 Tens or 404
99 x Units or ones = 9 Ones or 99

Number 84396

DigitsPlace ValueFace Value
88 x Ten Thousands = 80 Thousands = 80,0008
55 x Thousands = 5 Thousands = 5,0005
33 x Hundreds = 3003
99 x Tens = 9 Tens = 909
66 x Units or ones = 6 Ones = 66

Solved Example

Write the number 562,736,914,235 in the international system and 49187235 in the Indian system.


So, how to write? We have already learned the chart for the international system, and we will write all the digits based on that chart,

examples of the international system
Fig. 8 Examples of the international system

Now, based on the Indian system chart, we can write 4,91,87,235 as below,

examples of Indian system
Fig. 9 Examples of Indian system


Hence, we have learned the basics of place value along with the chart, face-value along with writing digits in the chart. We have seen many examples and how a single number can be written in the International system and Indian systems. Please write to us, if you have any doubts.

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