Rough AnswersAn exercise on rounding values in a calculation to find an approximate estimate of the answer. 
This is level 1: round the numbers in a basic calculation to one significant figure to obtain an approximate answer. You will be awarded a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.
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Rounding  Before doing these exercises you will need to know how to round numbers to one significant figure.
Level 1  Round the numbers in a basic calculation to one significant figure to obtain an approximate answer
Level 2  Round the numbers to one significant figure to obtain an approximate answer to calculations including decimals and fractions
Level 3  Determine whether an approximation is a overestimate or an underestimate if each of the numbers are rounded to one significant figure
Level 4  Real life problems and puzzles
Bounds  Determine the upper and lower bounds when rounding or truncating quantities used in calculations.
Exam Style Questions  A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/Alevel exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).
Breathe Easily  A reallife question that can be (roughly) answered by making some approximations.
Fermi Problem  Unleash your approximating skills to estimate something quite unknown in this Advanced Starter.
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Jen, Australia
Saturday, June 1, 2019
"I just tried level one. It looks like a great way to reinforce significant figures to students, through mental estimates! However, the question says give answers to one significant figure  and I just got most of the questions "wrong", as your answers are mostly to 2 significant figures."
Transum,
Sunday, June 2, 2019
"Thanks very much for your feedback Jen. The instructions ask for the numbers in the questions to be rounded to one significant figure; not the answers. The answers should be given exact after the precalculation rounding has taken place. Once again thanks for the feedback, much appreciated."