# Python Round Up and Down (Math Round)

Call round to round numbers up and down. With math.ceil a number is rounded up.**Round.** A number has a fractional part. For example 1.45 is between and 1 and 2 and we want to round it. With round() we can round it to 1 or 1.5.

**To always round up,** please consider the math.ceil method. And to always round down, use math.floor. But to retain a fractional part, round() is helpful.

**Round example.** This receives one or two arguments. The second argument is optional. Round() returns a rounded number—we use it in an assignment.

**Argument 1:** This is the number we want to round. For this example, we are rounding the number 1.23456.

**Argument 2:** This tells how many numbers past the decimal point to keep. The final number is rounded up if the next digit is 5 or more.

**Python program that uses round**
number = *1.23456**
# Use round built-in.
# ... This rounds up or down depending on the last digit.
*print(__round__(number))
print(round(number, *0*))
print(round(number, *1*))
print(round(number, *2*))
print(round(number, *3*))
**Output**
1 *0* digits
1.0 *0* digits
1.2 *1* digit
1.23 *2* digits
1.235 *3* digits, last one rounded up to 5

**Round up, down.** Let us consider this program. We use math.ceil to always round up to the nearest integer. Round() cannot do this—it will round up or down depending on the fractional value.

**Ceil:** This will always round up. So the ceil of 1.1 is 2. An integer is returned.

**Floor:** This will round down to the nearest integer. The floor of 1.9 is 1. This is a mathematical function.

**Python program that rounds up, down**
import math
number = *1.1**
# Use math.ceil to round up.
*result = __math.ceil__(number)
print(result)*
# The round method will round down because 1.1 is less than 1.5.
*print(__round__(number))
**Output**
2
1

**Syntax notes.** There is no math.round function in Python 3. Trying to invoke math.round will lead to an AttributeError. Please just use round().

Error**Error message, math.round:**
Traceback (most recent call last):
File "C:\programs\file.py", line 6, in <module>
number = math.round(1.1)
AttributeError: 'module' object has no attribute 'round'

**Math notes.** Additional methods in Python can transform numbers as needed. The abs method provides absolute values. Built-in math methods make programs simpler.

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**A review.** With round() in Python we gain a way to reduce the number of digits past the decimal place. Round increases or decreases a number based on the last digit.

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