Front end estimation mostly produces a closer estimate of sums
or differences than the answer produced by adding or subtracting rounded numbers.
How to estimate a sum by front end estimation:
- Add the digits of the two highest place values
- Insert zeros for the other place values
- Example 1: 4496 + 3745 is estimated to be 8100 by front end estimation (i.e. 4400 + 3700).
- Example 2: 4496 + 745 is estimated to be 5100 by front end estimation (i.e. 4400 + 700).