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## 6th grade

### Course: 6th grade > Unit 3

Lesson 5: Percent problems# Finding a percent

Percent means per-hundred. Use that knowledge to solve problems like what percent of 16 is 4? Created by Sal Khan.

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- could a percent go over 100(51 votes)
- It can, yes. If you get extra credit on a test, the score could go over 100%, for example. If something is too big to fit into something, you could say it takes up 110% of the box, but that is a bit figurative.(88 votes)

- I'm confused on this problem. "Jordan takes 50% of the cherries from a bowl. Then Mei takes 50% of the remaining cherries. Finally, Greg takes 50% of the remaining cherries. There are 3 cherries left. How many cherries were in the bowl before Jordan arrived?" Can I get help on this please?(5 votes)
- Each time someone takes 50% (or half) of the remaining cherries, the other half of them are left.

1/2 of the original number of cherries are left, just after Jordan takes the cherries.

(1/2)(1/2)=1/4 of the original number of cherries are left, just after Mei takes the cherries.

(1/2)(1/4)=1/8 of the original number of cherries are left, just after Greg takes the cherries.

Since there are now 3 cherries left, there were originally 3*8=24 cherries. The answer is 24.(31 votes)

- how do you find 111 is what percent of 300(8 votes)
- Question - How do you find 111 is what percent of 300?

Answer - lets see the given data which is,

111 is what percent of 300, here we know that

in math "is" means = (equal to) and "of" means *

(multiply) and yeah let "what percent" be x% so,

we can covert the problem as

111 = x% * 300 which is same as

111 = x/100 * 300 we can cancel both the zeros

in 300/100

111 = x * 3 now dividing both the side by 3 we

get,

111/3 = x and now the drum rolls..

we get**x=37**and which is 37% tadaa yay!(8 votes)

- what if you keep adding 0s but you can't get a remainder or answer?(4 votes)
- The only way this would happen is if it is a infinite repeating number like pi or 3/7. Both of these numbers will never end no matter how much decimal places you move with the 0. These numbers can be confusing. To limit this, round to the ones, tens, hundreds, or thousandths to prevent repeating digits.

Hope this helps!(18 votes)

- can you try to explain more(8 votes)
- I'm having trouble understanding word problems. How did they get the fraction 4/16 from the question?(6 votes)
- He had the numbers 4 and 16. So he just divided them (i.e. 4/16).(3 votes)

- I'M CONFUSED can someone help me understand?(6 votes)
- im confused about how to divide the whole thing(6 votes)
- its easy, you just have to add zeros so you can divide.(1 vote)

- So, you simplify the percentage's fraction, then make it over 100? Then that's more or less your answer?(7 votes)
- He did the long division process, but honestly, you can do it in a simple easy way. Use this formula: Is/of = %/100. Then whatever number you have, plug them in. I will do one for you guys. Use Paper to understand as you follow along with what I did.

Scroll below to see the work.

Example: What percent of 16 is 4?

This is the time to plug in the number for word. So As the format, I showed above, use that, 16 is after of, so that is where that plugs in, you need to substitute for the of with 16. Now the is will be 4, so IS = 4, Whatever left will be the variable in this case percent will be an X

After setup, cross multiply, I prefer you to start top left and go from there. You can start anywhere though in that step.

After you cross multiply, bring the numbers down

Example: X times 100 will be 100x then do the same with the one after the equal sign 10 times 40 as shown above

Answer: 10 times 40 = 400

After that you divide, always do the opposite of the factor used, so if you add then subtract and vise versa if you multiply then divide.

After division is done you combined like terms. Get X by itself. Divide 100/100 which equals 1 or X in this case.

Divide the numbers after the equal sign. In this case 400/16 or 400 over 16. In this case, the answer is 0.25 or 25%

HOPEFULLY THIS HAS HELPED EVERYONE!(4 votes)

## Video transcript

Let's give ourselves
a little bit of practice with percentages. So let's ask ourselves, what
percent of-- I don't know, let's say what
percent of 16 is 4? And I encourage you
to pause this video and to try it out yourself. So when you're saying
what percent of 16 is 4, percent is another way of
saying, what fraction of 16 is 4? And we just need to write
it as a percent, as per 100. So if you said what fraction
of 16 is 4, you would say, well, look, this is
the same thing as 4/16, which is the same thing as 1/4. But this is saying what
fraction 4 is of 16. You'd say, well, 4 is 1/4 of 16. But that still doesn't
answer our question. What percent? So in order to write
this as a percent, we literally have to write
it as something over 100. Percent literally
means "per cent." The word "cent" you know
from cents and century. It relates to the number 100. So it's per 100. So you could say,
well, this is going to be equal to question mark
over 100, the part of 100. And there's a bunch of ways
that you could think about this. You could say, well, look,
if in the denominator to go from 4 to 100, I
have to multiply by 25. In the numerator
to go from-- I need to also multiply by 25 in order
to have an equivalent fraction. So I'm also going
to multiply by 25. So 1/4 is the same
thing as 25/100. And another way of saying 25/100
is this is 25 per 100, or 25%. So this is equal to 25%. Now, there's a
couple of other ways you could have thought about it. You could have said
well, 4/16, this is literally 4 divided by 16. Well, let me just
do the division and convert to a
decimal, which is very easy to convert
to a percentage. So let's try to actually do
this division right over here. So we're going to
literally divide 4 by 16. Now, 16 goes into 4 zero times. 0 times 16 is 0. You subtract, and you get a 4. And we're not satisfied
just having this remainder. We want to keep adding zeroes to
get a decimal answer right over here. So let's put a decimal
right over here. We're going into
the tenths place. And let's throw some
zeroes right over here. The decimal makes sure
we keep track of the fact that we are now in the
tenths, and in the hundredths, and in the thousandths place
if we have to go that far. But let's bring another 0 down. 16 goes into 40 two times. 2 times 16 is 32. If you subtract, you get 8. And you could bring
down another 0. And we have 16 goes into 80. Let's see, 16 goes
into 80 five times. 5 times 16 is 80. You subtract, you have no
remainder, and you're done. 4/16 is the same thing as 0.25. Now, 0.25 is the same thing
as twenty-five hundredths. Or, this is the same
thing as 25/100, which is the same thing as 25%.