The Percent Equation

Tutoring on The Percent Equation

Learning Objectives:

Understand and Apply The Percent Equation.

Math Tutoring on The Percent Equation

When working with situations involving Percent, the most reliable solution method is to translate the given problem into an equation.

We should look for:

    The unknown – Always start by identifying what it is you are trying to find.

    The Percent – If given, you will need to convert this to decimal form before doing any calculations. If you are asked to determine the percent, then you will need to convert your answer from decimal form to percent form.

    Multiplication – Replace the word “of” with multiplication.

    Equals – Look for words like “is”, “becomes”, etc…and replace with an = equal sign.

So the keywords in Percent Translations at a glance:

“Of” translates to multiplication or .

“Is” translates to equals “=”.

“What” translates to a variable “n”.

“p%” translates to the Percent in Decimal form.

Once we have the equation, solve for the unknown. Make sure the answer is in the correct form.


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Hook Questions:

1.    What is a Percent Equation?

2.    What are keywords in a Percent Equation to be translated and to what operations will it be translated?



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