  # Multiply with Decimals and Estimate Answers

In this worksheet, students perform multiplications by rounding numbers before carrying out the calculation. Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Maths and Numerical Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Decimals

Difficulty level:   #### Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we'll be looking at how we can multiply decimals without using a calculator to estimate the answer.

But, how do we do this? First, we round both decimals to the nearest whole numbers, and then we simply do the multiplication sum.

Example:

4.11 × 8.75 =?

Here, we round 4.11 down to the whole number 4, and we round 8.75 up to the whole number 9.

(Remember, if the number after the decimal point is 5 or higher we round up, if it's a 4 or lower then we round down.)

So, now we have the following sum, which we can work out using our times table knowledge.

4 × 9 = 36

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