Meaning of percent
The meaning of percent and how to read percent is the goal of this lesson. The lesson is concise and to the point.
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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%
40% means 40 out of one hundred or 40 per hundred
In
table 3, only 2 boxes have an x.
Therefore we can write 2%
Again, 2% means 2 out of one hundred or 2 per hundred
Meaning of percent in real life:
1.
In a country in America 2% of the people are rich. What is the meaning of the 2%?
It means that for every 100 people, 2 people are rich.
Notice that this will mean that 4 people are rich out of 200 people
2.
In a classroom 60% of the students are females. How many males are in that class?
We don't really know how many males are in that class since it is not given.
we know 40% are males
This means that if that class had 100 students 40 of them will be males
Be careful when reading a problem!
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