How can you learn to round decimals?


Quick Answer

Rounding decimals involves analyzing whether end numbers are above or below five. If a number is below five, then the number before may stay the same. If a number is above five, the number before it rounds up by one.

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It takes practice to apply decimal rounding skills. Numbers that can be rounded include numbers in the tenth place, hundredth place, thousandth place and beyond. Decimal amounts can round to whole numbers as well. For example, 1.167 can be rounded to 1.17 or 1.2 or 1.

It's easy to confuse rounding a number to the nearest hundred versus the nearest hundredth. Rounding to the nearest hundred refers to a whole number, such as 100 or 200. In contrast, hundredth refers to the hundredth decimal place.

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