TruncatingDate: 01/19/2002 at 15:37:20 From: Michelle Subject: Truncating What does truncating mean? Date: 01/19/2002 at 18:02:49 From: Doctor Rick Subject: Re: truncating Hi, Michelle. To truncate a number at the hundredths place would mean to drop the digits to the right of the hundredths place. This is the same as rounding down to the nearest hundredth, unless the number is negative, in which case it is the same as rounding up. On the other hand, you can truncate a polyhedron by cutting off its corners; a "soccer ball" is a truncated icosahedron. In general, you can see that the meaning is "to cut off." It is related to the "trunk" of a tree, which is what you get if you cut off the branches. - Doctor Rick, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Date: 01/20/2002 at 12:30:09 From: Michelle Subject: Truncating Thank You Dr. Math. I appreciate the answer. I think it will help. |
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