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Rounding Decimals Intro to Algebra

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**On your calculator, take 132 ÷ 789 The answer is .16730038**

Why round? On your calculator, take 132 ÷ 789 The answer is

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Why round? But we don’t want to write all that. Most of it is so small that it doesn’t even have an effect on the number. We round the answer to make it shorter, but still very close to the actual answer!

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Note When we round, we make our answer less accurate, but it is easier to use.

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How to round In this class, when there is a need to round, I will tell you what to round to. Examples: Round your answer to the nearest whole number Round your answer to the nearest hundredth

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How to round The first step in rounding is to locate the place value that you are rounding. Example: Round to the nearest tenth. Which number is in the tenths place?

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How to round We will keep everything in front of the place value, and we will determine what to put in the tenths place. Example: Round to the nearest tenth. Keep 8.__

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How to round To determine which number to put in the blank, we will look at the number after the place value we are rounding to. Example: Round to the nearest tenth. Which number is after the tenths place?

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**Round 8.546 to the nearest tenth.**

How to round Then we will follow these two rules: If the following number is 0, 1, 2, 3, or 4 – Keep the number that is currently in the position we are rounding (round down) If the following number is 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 – We add 1 to the number that is currently in the position we are rounding (round up) Example: Round to the nearest tenth. Round up or down?

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**Let’s put it all together!**

Find the place value we are rounding Keep everything in front of that place value Look at the number after that place value to determine whether we round up or down 1, 2, 3, or 4 – Round Down 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 – Round Up

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**Let’s try some examples!**

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Note These rules do not always apply to rounding in real life examples, but they will in this class. Can you think of any examples where we wouldn’t follow these rounding rules?

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