I’m thinking of a three-digit number X3Y, in which the tens digit is 3. (Where X and Y present unknown digits.)
(a) What is the largest number?
(b) What is the smallest number?
(c) What number is closest to 400?
(a) To make a largest number, replace X and Y with the largest digit 9. The result is 939;
(b) To make a smallest number, replace X with 1, which is the smallest digit possible for a three-digit number.
The result is 130;
(c) We can try to replace X with 3 or 4, and replace Y with 9 and 0; and get 339 and 430;
400 – 339 = 61
430 – 400 = 30
Thus, the closest number (to 400) we can get is 430.