Mathnasium #MathTricks: Half Of Odd Numbers (Part 2)

By Mathnasium | February 16, 2022

Welcome to Mathnasium’s Math Tricks series. Our previous Math Tricks have looked at strategies for finding half of odd numbers whose tens digits are even. Today we are focusing on a strategy to find the half of any odd number, such as \(99\)… or \(999\).

Calculating half of anything means to find “two parts the same,” “halfway between,” or, finding “what number plus itself is equal to that number”. Follow along with the example below as we find half of \(999\).

Step 1: Decompose the whole into its parts.

\(999\) is nine hundreds, nine tens, and nine ones.

Step 2: Find half of the whole by finding half of each part.

Half of \(999\) = Half of \(900\) + Half of \(90\) + Half of \(9\).

Step 3: Calculate the half of each part.

Half of \(9\) is \(4 \frac{1}{2}\).

Half of \(90\) is \(45\) (not forty-and-a-half).

Half of \(900\) (or nine hundreds), is \(4 \frac{1}{2}\) hundreds. So, half of \(900\) is \(450\).

Step 4: Find the half of the whole by summing up the half of each part.

Half of \(999\) is equal to \(450 + 45 + 4 \frac {1}{2} = 499 \frac {1}{2}\).

We can check that \(499 \frac{1}{2} + 499 \frac{1}{2} = 999\).

We have calculated half of \(999\) to be \(499 \frac{1}{2}\). Now, with this strategy, you are ready to find half of any odd number. Click here for more practice problems!

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