Sometimes in everyday life, it is appropriate to use estimation when talking about numbers.
We may want to calculate an approximate answer to a problem quickly, where we don't need an exact answer.
We can use rounding to help us estimate a solution.
Rounding makes the numbers easier to calculate with, and so can often be done mentally.
A shop is selling packs of biscuits for £2.17 each. I have £9 and wonder if I have enough money to buy 4 packs.
I can round £2.17 up to £2.20, and then do 2.20 x 4 = £8.80
I rounded up, so I know it'll cost me less than £8.80, so I'll definitely have enough.
In my pizza restaurant, I make pizzas that I cut into 10 slices.
One day, I have 146 people booked into the restaurant. I know on average that people order 3 slices of pizza.
How many pizzas will I need to make to feed everyone?
I can round 146 to 150.
Then I would do 150 x 3 = 450.
I need to make 450 slices of pizza.
450 ÷ 10 = 45.
I should make around 45 pizzas.
Let's do some more estimation practice!