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Rounding Numbers

Date: 2/10/96 at 21:5:1
From: Anonymous
Subject: Fractions

When rounding fractions, would 1/3 be considered 1/2 or 0?

Date: 2/13/96 at 21:26:19
From: Doctor Ethan
Subject: Re: Fractions

There are lots of different ways to round numbers, so there may 
be two different answers to your question.

If you are rounding to the nearest whole number, you would drop 
a  fraction less than 1/2, so you would round 1/3 to 0.  Something 
1/2 or higher, like 2/3, you would round to 1.

Rounding to the nearest 1/2, however is different.  1/3 (.333...) 
is closer to 1/2 (.5) than to 0, so you would round it to 1/2.

-Doctor Ethan,  The Math Forum

Associated Topics:
Elementary Fractions

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