A point or dot used to separate the whole number part from the fractional part of a number.

Example: in the number 36.9 the point separates the 36 (the whole number part) from the 9 (the fractional part, which really means 9 tenths).

So 36.9 is 36 and nine tenths.

Example: in the number 36.9 the point separates the 36 (the whole number part) from the 9 (the fractional part, which really means 9 tenths).

So 36.9 is 36 and nine tenths.