1. To successfully do percent problems you need to know the following:

1. What is the question.

2. Answer the question using a simple sentence answer (using a blank for an answer)

3. What is the part and the whole? Create a word ratio.

4. Set up a proportion that looks like this part/whole = %/100%

5. The last step is to ask myself does my answer look right? If it does I can use the cross products to check if my answer is correct!

Correct Question

On an aritmetic test John received a grade of 80% He solved 24 problems correctly. How many questions were there on test?

John's test was out of __________.

On an aritmetic test John received a grade of 80%

(The percent) He solved 24 problems correctly

(The part because it is not the complete test!!). How many questions were there on test?

The word ratio is

questions correct/total questions

24/? = 80%/100 b therefore 24 x 100/80 = 30

There are 30 questions on the test. (30 x 80 = 24 x 100)

A question I got wrong was

The original price of the sofa was $500 It is now on sale for $440. What was the percent decrease?

The percent decrease was _______.

The original price of the sofa was $500

(The whole) It is now on sale for $440

(The Part). What was the percent decrease

(The UNKOWN)?

sale price/origional price = percent of sale $ /100% 440/500 =88%/100%

My Mistake was to say the 88% was the percent decrease. I needed to subtract the 88 from 100 to get a difference of 12%.

There fore the percent decrease between the sale and origional price is 12%.This is an example of what your post can look like. Please restrict your use of colour to one and its use is to show important ideas inside your post.

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Anon or Mr. H