Subtraction Estimation

An easy way to estimate the difference between two numbers is to round each number and then subtract the rounded numbers.

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Steps to estimate:

    1. Round each number to the greatest place.
    2. Find the difference.

It may not be the exact difference, but may be close enough.

Example: Estimate 1,720 - 1,195.

When rounded to the nearest thousands, 1,720 rounds to 2,000 and 1,195 rounds to 1,000.

Now, subtract the smaller number from the greater number.

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The estimated difference between 1,720 and 1,195 is 1,000.

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