Rounding to Nearest ThousandDate: 09/07/2001 at 20:04:58 From: carol Subject: Rounding numbers What is 46 rounded to the nearest thousand? Date: 09/07/2001 at 23:15:10 From: Doctor Peterson Subject: Re: Rounding numbers Hi, Carol. Well, it's between 0 and 1000; which is closer? It may surprise you that you would ever round a number to zero, but think about what rounding means. If we are rounding to the nearest thousand, that means we don't care about smaller differences; 46 is small enough compared to 1000 that it's not worth noticing. If you rounded the heights of mountains to the nearest 1000 feet, the state of Delaware would be at sea level. Compared to Colorado, it is; that doesn't mean, however, that it floods at high tide! - Doctor Peterson, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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