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# Converting percents to decimals & fractions example

Converting percentages to decimals and fractions is a fundamental math skill. To convert 18% into a decimal, simply divide by 100, resulting in 0.18. To express it as a simplified fraction, find the greatest common factor, which in this case is 2, and divide both the numerator and denominator by it, giving us 9/50. Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

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• how do make percents into fractions •   Hi Connor - I like to think of a "percent" as a "fraction of 100". For example, 80% is the same thing as the fraction 80/100.

Once you have your fraction of 100, you can then simplify it. In this case, both 80 and 100 are divisible by 10, so 80/100 would equal 8/10. And since in this fraction, both 8 and 10 are divisible by 2, you can simplify it to 4/5. So that's how you can convert a percent into a fraction.
• um does anyone answer these anymore? • Honestly, I used to get so worried when trying to do percentage problems. But once I actually do them now, its really simple! • What would 4% equal? I'm stuck. (Don't judge me I am horrible at these 😂) • How to change .08 to a fraction • can't you just put 18 over 100 then simplify to get your answer? • What if, when you are trying to convert a fraction to a percentage but the denominator is not a factor of 100? How do you do it? • The following assumes you are asking to perform all calculations manually.
One way to do it is to perform long division to convert the fraction to a decimal, then you can multiply the decimal by 100 to get a percentage. This assumes you know how to perform long division with decimals in the quotient and the dividend.
For example, if the fraction is 5/16, you could use long division to get a decimal answer to 5 divided by 16 and then multiply that by 100.
Another method is to multiply the fraction by 100 first to get 500/16 then perform long division to get a straight percentage.
If you don't know how to do long division with decimals in the quotient and dividend then using a calculator is probably the best option. (I would use a calculator in this case anyway even though I know long division)
Using a calculator it is as easy as entering 5 / 16 and either pressing the percent key or multiplying by 100.   