# A Tricky Percentage Math Problem

by Cathy

(Metamora, MI )

If someone wants to make $10.00 when selling an item and I get 40%. How much do I need to add to $10.00? It's not coming out when I add 40% to 10.00.

You cannot take 40% of 10 because that someone is not sharing 10.00 with you. He or she is willing to share a bigger amount. So you have to add something to 10 dollars. 40% of the new amount is your share

let x be what we add to 10 dollars and that is your share!

40% of (10 + x)= x

Notice that 40% of the new amount(10+x) has to equal to your share or x. Does that make sense?

0.40 (10+ x) = x

4 + 0.40x = x

4 = x - 0.40x

4 = 0.60x

x = 4/0.60 = 6.6666666

So you have to add 6.66666 to 10 to get 16.666666

Take 40% of 16.6666. Of course, it is equal to 6.66666 and 16.666666- 6.66666= 10

Not so easy problem. Good question Cathy!