How do place values work?
In decimal number system, the value of a digit depends on its place or position** , in the whole number.
"For example, the value of the first place on the right is "one", the value of the place to the left of it is "ten," which is 10 times 1. The place to the left of the tens place is hundreds, which is 10 times 10, and so forth. Each place has a value of 10 times the place to its right." [http://www.math.com/school/subject1/lessons/S1U1L1DP.html]
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