# How to define percents?

In this lesson we’ll be learning about percentages or percents. The word “percentage” comes from a Latin “per centrum” or one one-hundredth part. Basically the percentage is number of hundredth parts in the whole.

Percentage is often denoted using a percent sign (%). Percentage is one-hundredth part of the whole. That means that Example 1. You’re on a party with 24 other people. Let’s say you have a cake that has been divided in 25 equal parts. You notice that only 15 of those parts have strawberries. You want to calculate what percentage of people will get the strawberries.

How would you do that? You know to present this in a ratio. So let’s do that. 15 of 25 have strawberries. You know this, and you know that $\frac{1}{100} = 1%$.

So what can you do? You can expand that first fraction so that denominators match, and you numerator will be that percentage you are looking for. Let’s do that. The numerator of expanded fraction is equal to 60, that means that percentage of pieces of cake with strawberries is $60%$.

Percentage can be calculated using following formula: Explaining the formula : % means $\frac{1}{100}$ and “from” represents multiplying.

Example 2. What is $\ 60%$ of 120?

x = 60, b = 120:
60 % from 120 = c => $\frac{60}{100} \cdot 120 = c$ => $c = 6 \cdot 12 = 72$

Example 3. 50 is what percent of 400?

c = 400, x = 50:

$x$ % from $b = c$ => $\frac{x}{100} \cdot b = c$ => $\frac{x}{100} \cdot 400 = 50$

$4x = 50$

$x = 12.5$

Example 4. You bought a new bag of chips and you know that in it there are 70 chips, you ate 50% of it, and then you left it. You came back after a while and ate another 50% of it. How much chips do you have now?

The point of this example is that you have to be careful with addition of percentages. You may think that, as you ate 50% and then another 50% and that equals 100%, you have no chips left at all. But that is not true. Let’s see how can we solve this problem:

First you ate $\ 50%$ from 70, and that is $\frac{50}{100} \cdot 70 = 35$
Since you ate 35, you are left with $\ 70 – 35 = 35$ chips.
After some time you ate 50% of the remaining chips. As you are left with 35 chips, we calculate 50% from 35 and get$\frac{50}{100} \cdot 35 = 17.5$

In the end you are left with 17.5 chips.

Example 5. You want to start saving for your future. You go to the bank and say you want to put 1000 dollars in your saving account. The bank tells you that every year they will add $0,2%$ of your total on your account. How much money will you have after 3 years?

We’ll break this problem in a few parts.
1. Let’s say a year has passed.
How much money do you have?

Your bank account will hold the money you put there a year ago+ the part that the bank added.
The money you put a year ago = 1000 dollars
The money that a bank added: 0.2% from 1000 is

$\frac{0.2}{100} \cdot 1000 = x$ dollars
$0.2 \cdot 10 = x$ dollars
$x = 2$ dollars
After one year you have $\ 1000 + 2 = 1002$ dollars.

2. After another year, you have what you had last year (1002 dollars) + the money that the bank added (0.2% from 1002 dollars).
The money that the bank added: $\frac{0.2}{100} \cdot 1002 = x_2$ => $\frac{(2 \cdot 1002)}{1000} = x_2$ => $x_2 = 2.004$ dollars
After two years you have $1002 + 2.004=1004.004$ dollars

3. Finally, last, third year passed.
After three years you have what you had last year (1004.004 dollars) + the money that the bank added (0.2% from 1004.004 dollars).
The money that the bank added: $\frac{0.2}{100} \cdot 1004.004 = x_3$ => $\frac{(2 \cdot 1004.004)}{1000} = x_3$ -> $x3 = 2.008008$ dollars.

After three years you have : $1004.004 + 2.008008 = 1006.01$ dollars.

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