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Close to 1000

Directions: Arrange the digits 1-9 into three 3-digit whole numbers. Make the sum as close to 1000 as possible.



What should be true about the hundreds places of your three numbers? How do the tens places affect your answer?



Lots of answers will get you 999. One would be 247 + 563 + 189.
Is exactly 1000 even possible? Here’s a Geogebra tool you can use to check your answer.

Source: John Ulbright and Robert Kaplinsky

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