0302 Essential Mathematics for Nursing

Lesson 2
Rounding Decimals

Rounding is especially important when working with decimal fractions. When doing long division with decimal values, for example, it is quite possible to come up with decimal answers that have an endless number of digits in the fraction part. In such instances, you must end the sequence of digits at some reasonable point—or, in other words, round off the result.



Round 2.31862 to the nearest hundredth.


Step 1: Locate the hundredth position


Step 2: Round up or down, according to the number immediately to the right of the specified number.

Round up if this number is greater or equal to 5.

Round down if this number is less than 5.


This number is greater than 5 so we round up:



2.31862 rounded to the nearest hundredth is 2.32

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