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Rounding to 1, 2 or 3 Significant Figures

In this worksheet, students practise rounding to 1, 2 or 3 significant figures.

'Rounding to 1, 2 or 3 Significant Figures' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Number

Curriculum subtopic:  Round/Approximate Numbers Appropriately

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Significant means important. 

 

1 significant figure

In the number 4725, the number 4 is the most significant. It has the value 4000.


But 4725 is closer to 5000 than 4000.


Following the normal rules of rounding, 4725 becomes 5000 when rounded to 1 significant figure. Rounding to 1 significant figure is the least accurate way of rounding.

 

2 significant figures

Rounding to 2 significant figures is more accurate. We now look at the second number, and round accordingly.


4725 is closer to 4700 than 4800.


4725 is 4700 to 2 sig. figs.

 

3 significant figures

Rounding to 3 significant figures, we look at the third digit.


4725 is "closer" to 4730 than to 4720. (Remember 5 rounds up)

4725 rounds to 4730 to 3 sig. figs.

 

Common mistake

It is a common mistake to say that 4725 rounds to 5 to 1 sig. fig., instead of 5000.

The zeros here are important to get the place values correct. They are important but not significant.

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

4225    

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
4200
B
4230
C
4000

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

1453

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
1450
B
1000
C
1500

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

6790

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
6790
B
6800
C
7000

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

3347

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
3300
B
3000
C
3350

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

3375

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
3400
B
3380
C
3000

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

1499

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
1500
B
1500
C
1000

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

9883

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
9880
B
10000
C
9900

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

5519

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
6000
B
5500
C
5520

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

1439

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
1000
B
1400
C
1440

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

7361

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C

Column A

Column B

A
7400
B
7360
C
7000
  • Question 1

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

4225    

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
4000
B
4200
C
4230
  • Question 2

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

1453

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
1000
B
1500
C
1450
  • Question 3

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

6790

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
7000
B
6800
C
6790
  • Question 4

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

3347

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
3000
B
3300
C
3350
  • Question 5

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

3375

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
3000
B
3400
C
3380
  • Question 6

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

1499

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
1000
B
1500
C
1500
  • Question 7

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

9883

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
10000
B
9900
C
9880
  • Question 8

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

5519

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
6000
B
5500
C
5520
  • Question 9

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

1439

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
1000
B
1400
C
1440
  • Question 10

Round the following number to 1, 2 and 3 significant figures.

7361

 

1 sig. fig.
A
2 sig. fig.
B
3 sig. fig.
C
CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A
7000
B
7400
C
7360
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