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In today’s class, we will be talking about approximation. Enjoy the class!
APPROXIMATION
It is the degree of accuracy of numbers and how to determine it. Rounding up of numbers, significant figures, decimal places, nearest whole numbers, tens, hundreds, and thousand, rounding up of numbers to nearest tenths, hundredths and thousandths
What is approximation?
An approximation is anything similar, but not exactly equal, to something else. A number can be approximated by rounding. A calculation can be approximated by rounding the values within it before performing the operations.

Rounding Numbers to the nearest 10, 100, 1,000:
To approximate to the nearest ten, look at the digit in the ten’s column.
To approximate to the nearest hundred, look at the digit in the hundred’s column.
For the nearest thousand, look at the digit in the thousand’s column.
Then do the following:
 draw a vertical line to the right of the place value digit that is required
 look at the next digit
 if it’s 5 or more, increase the previous digit by one
 if it’s 4 or less, keep the previous digit the same
 fill any spaces to the right of the line with zeros.
Examples:
Round 4,853 to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.
 4853to the nearest 10 is 4,850
 4853 to the nearest 100 is 4,900
 4853 to the nearest 1,000 is 5,000
Round 76,982 to the nearest 10, 100 and 1,000.
 76982to the nearest 10 is 76,980
 76982 to the nearest 100 is 77,000
 76982 to the nearest 1,000 is 77,000
Notice that in some cases the answers for rounding are the same.

Rounding to decimal places:
When rounding using decimal places(d.p), the degree of accuracy that is required is usually given. However, there are certain calculations where the degree of accuracy may be more obvious. For example, calculations involving money should be given to two decimal places to represent the pence.
To round to a decimal place:
 look at the first digit after the decimal point if rounding to one decimal place or the second digit for two decimal places
 draw a vertical line to the right of the place value digit that is required
 look at the next digit
 if the next digit is 5 or more, increase the previous digit by one
 if it’s 4 or less, keep the previous digit the same
 remove any numbers to the right of the line
Examples:
Round 248.561 to 1 decimal place, then round it to 2 decimal places:
 561 to 1 decimal place is 248.6
 561to 2 decimal place is 248.56
Notice that your answer should have the same number of decimal places as the approximation asked for.
Round 0.08513 to 1 decimal place and then to 2 decimal places:
 08513 to 1 decimal place is 0.1
 08513 to 2 decimal places is 0.09

Rounding to significant figures:
The method of rounding to a significant figure is often used as it can be applied to any kind of number, regardless of how big or small it is. When a newspaper reports a lottery winner has won £3 million, this has been rounded to one significant figure. It rounds to the most important figure in the number.
To round to a significant figure:
 look at the first nonzero digit if rounding to one significant figure
 look at the digit after the first nonzero digit if rounding to two significant figures
 draw a vertical line after the place value digit that is required
 look at the next digit
 if the next digit is 5 or more, increase the previous digit by one
 if it is 4 or less, keep the previous digit the same
 fill any spaces to the right of the line with zeros, stopping at the decimal point if there is one
Example:
Round 53,879 to 1 significant figure, then 2 significant figures.
 53879 to 1 significant figure is 50,000
 53879 to 2 significant figures is 54,000
Notice that the number of significant figures in the question is the maximum number of nonzero digits in your answer.
Round 0.005089 to 1 significant figure, then 2 significant figures.
 005089 to 1 significant figure is 0.005
 005089 to 2 significant figures is 0.0051
Question
What is 98,347 rounded to 1 significant figure, and 2 significant figures?
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