Lesson 14: Guesstimations

When it’s too hard to count ’em up and too much time to calculate, it’s time to guesstimate the answer. I use this technique all the time to “ball park” my answer so I know if I’ve made a mistake with my final answer.

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This lesson is useful when you don’t need an exact answer, or if the numbers are way too long to remember. It’s really pretty simple to do: you round up or down, and the closer to the ones digit you can handle, the more exact your answer will be.