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Meaning of percent



The meaning of percent and how to read percent is the goal of this lesson.

Look at the following 3 tables:

Table 1
                   
                   
                   
                   
x x x x x x x x x x
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   


Table 2
x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x
x x x x x x x x x x
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   


Table 3
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
                   
x         x        
                   


Each table has 100 boxes. In table 1, only 10 boxes out one hundred boxes have an x.

We say 10 % of the figure have an x. The symbol " % " is read as "percent" and percent means "per hundred" or "out of one hundred"

For 10 %, we can also say that 10 per hundred boxes have an x.

In table 2, 40 boxes out of one hundred boxes have an x. Therefore, we can write 40 %

In table 3, only 2 boxes have an x. Therefore we can write 2 %






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