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### Finding a Percent of a Number

- 50% = .50
- .50 ×30

- 12% = .12
- .12 ×26

- 25% = .25
- .25 ×40

- 13% = .13
- .13 ×10

- 30% =.30
- .30 ×90

- 5% = .05
- .05 ×60

- 100% = 1
- 1 ×37

- 1% = 0.01
- 0.01 ×2500

- 40% = .40
- .40 ×35

- 20% = 0.2
- 0.2 ×15

*These practice questions are only helpful when you work on them offline on a piece of paper and then use the solution steps function to check your answer.

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### Finding a Percent of a Number

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- Intro 0:00
- Percent of a Number 0:06
- Translate Sentence into an Equation
- Example: 30% of 100 is What Number?
- Extra Example 1: Finding a Percent of a Number 7:12
- Extra Example 2: Finding a Percent of a Number 15:56
- Extra Example 3: Finding a Percent of a Number 19:14
- Extra Example 4: Finding a Percent of a Number 24:26

### Basic Math Online Course

### Transcription: Finding a Percent of a Number

*Welcome back to Educator.com.*0000

*For the next lesson, we are going to be finding percents of a number.*0002

*When we are finding a percent of a number, that means we are finding a portion of a number, some part of a number.*0008

*Whenever we have a percent of a number, let's translate the sentence into an equation.*0016

*Of means times; whenever you see the word of in the sentence, it means times.*0024

*Of like this is times.*0034

*When you see the word what, what means the unknown.*0036

*What is what we are looking for; that is going to be the variable.*0042

*What is the variable.*0045

*Whenever you see the word is, is means equal.*0048

*Whenever you see the word is, you are going to write that symbol.*0059

*Whenever you are finding a percent of a number, you are always going to be*0067

*multiplying the percent with the number because of is times.*0071

*Here what is a variable X; you can use whatever variable you would like.*0080

*You can use A; you can use B; you can use Z; it doesn't matter.*0085

*X is; is means equals; 30 percent.*0089

*30 percent, whenever we solve with percents, we have to change it to a decimal.*0097

*Remember we can't solve with a percent number.*0104

*Remember to change percents into a decimal, you are going to start from the end of the number.*0108

*If you don't see the decimal point, then it always belongs at the end of a number.*0122

*You are going to move two spaces to the left.*0128

*You know it is going to be to the left when you change it to a decimal because decimals are small.*0132

*Think of decimals as smaller than percents.*0136

*To change from a percent to a decimal, we are going to move the decimal point*0140

*over to the left because that is going to make the number smaller.*0144

*Two spaces; it is going to go one, two.*0147

*That is where the decimal point is going to go.*0152

*Here it is going to be 0.30; this is going to change to 0.30.*0156

*Of always means times.*0164

*Here I want to show that I am going to multiply this number to this number.*0171

*Be careful because we don't want to use X for times anymore because here we have X as a variable.*0176

*Instead of using X, use parentheses.*0184

*You also probably know about the dot as times; sometimes that is OK.*0190

*But between two numbers, you don't want to use dot because that looks like a decimal also.*0195

*Maybe if you write it a little bit too low, it might look like a decimal.*0201

*Whenever you are going to multiply two numbers together, it is always best to just use parentheses.*0207

*Writing the number in parentheses like that between two numbers,*0215

*it shows that you are going to be multiplying those two.*0219

*What is 30 percent of 100?*0224

*You know that you are going to be multiplying 0.30 with 100 to find the missing value X.*0225

*100 times 0.30 is going to be 0; then 0; 0; I'm sorry.*0235

*If you want to just multiply this 0 out, you can do that.*0250

*Then multiply this through under; put a 0 here; 3 times 0; 0; 3.*0254

*3; 0; 0; 0; be careful when you have so many 0s.*0264

*Within the problem, because we multiplied, how many numbers are behind the decimal point?*0269

*There is two numbers; one, two; we have two numbers behind the decimal point.*0274

*You are going to go to the answer starting at the end.*0279

*You are going to go one, two.*0284

*That is where the decimal point is going to go; 30.*0286

*X equals... all this was 30; there is a shortcut.*0291

*Whenever you multiply a decimal number, to a multiple of 10... that is 10, 100, 1000, 10000.*0296

*Whenever you have a number multiplied to a number with 1*0306

*and then 0s like 100, there is a shortcut way of doing this.*0311

*You can count how many 0s there are in that number; 100 has two zeros.*0316

*Then you are going to move this decimal point two spaces.*0324

*You know, since you are going to be multiplying, when you multiply, the number tends to get bigger.*0331

*You are going to go two spaces to the right*0337

*because moving the decimal point over to the right makes the number bigger.*0340

*You are going to one, two; that is going to give you 30.*0344

*Remember if you don't see a decimal point, it is always at the end right there.*0348

*If you were multiplying this number by 10, let's say you are multiplying it by 10.*0356

*10 has only one 0.*0363

*You would only move the decimal point over once to the right.*0366

*That would be 3.0 which is the same thing as 3.*0371

*Remember if there is a 0 at the end of a number behind the decimal point, it is as if it is not there.*0374

*3.0 is the same thing as 3.*0379

*If you are multiplying by 1000, 1000 has three 0s.*0388

*You would have to move the decimal point over three spaces.*0394

*Remember if you have an empty space, you have to fill it in with an extra 0.*0398

*That is the shortcut when multiplying by a number that is a multiple of 10; 10, 100, 1000, and so on.*0404

*You just have to count the number of 0s and then move the decimal point over that many spaces.*0413

*What is 30 percent of 100?--that is 30; 30 is 30 percent of 100.*0420

*We are just going to do a few more examples.*0433

*Here 50 percent of 18 is... here 50 percent.*0435

*Again remember whenever we have to solve using percents,*0443

*we have to change it to a decimal because you can't solve with a percent.*0448

*If you have a percent, then you need to change it to a decimal.*0453

*Remember percent to decimal.*0458

*If we have a percent, 50 percent, you want to move the decimal point*0466

*over two spaces between percent to decimal or decimal to percent.*0471

*From percent to decimal, you start at the end right here.*0479

*You have to move two spaces to the left because remember decimals are small numbers.*0484

*You want to turn this number into a smaller number.*0488

*To do that, you have to move the decimal point over to the left.*0492

*If you move it to the right, then the number gets bigger.*0496

*So move it to the side that is going to make it smaller.*0499

*Two spaces, it is going to be right here.*0504

*One, two; drop the percent sign; becomes 0.50.*0506

*Or because this 0 is at the end of a number behind the decimal point, it is as if it is not there.*0512

*You don't even have to write it.*0519

*0.50 is the same thing as 0.5; it is the same thing.*0520

*This is 0.50 or 0.5; of means times.*0528

*Remember if I am going to multiply two numbers together, I want to write it in parentheses.*0535

*Times 18 is; is is equals; then the number X which is what we are solving for.*0538

*As long as you know that you have to multiply the percent with the number,*0554

*because of is between the two numbers, again 50 percent you change to a decimal.*0560

*As long as you know that you have to multiply these two, you don't have to write it into this equation*0565

*because all we are doing is finding percents of a number; of meaning times.*0573

*You just have to be able to multiply these two numbers together.*0579

*The reason why I am saying write an equation is because for the next lesson,*0582

*we are going to have to solve for maybe this number or solve for the percent.*0589

*This number will be given to you.*0598

*In that case, when you are solving for another number,*0600

*this is the easiest way for you to be able to write an equation*0603

*and know what your variable is, what it is you are solving for,*0608

*because a variable is always what you are solving for.*0611

*If you don't want to do it this way, then just make sure you remember to multiply.*0616

*Of means times; you are going to be multiplying the number with the other number.*0622

*0.5 times 18; I am going to write that here; 18 times 0.5.*0631

*8 times 5 is 40; 5 times 1 is 5; plus 4 is 9.*0640

*Within here, how many numbers are behind the decimal point?*0648

*I only have one; starting right here, you are going to go inwards one.*0650

*My answer is going to be 9.0 or 9.*0657

*9.0 and 9 is the same thing.*0663

*Again 0 is at the end of a number behind the decimal point so you can just drop it; 9.*0666

*50 percent of 18 is 9; 50 percent means half.*0673

*50 percent means half; what is half of 18?*0679

*Half of 18 is 9 meaning if you had let's say 18 pieces of candy.*0684

*You had to split it in half; you can only take half of them.*0690

*You take half; your brother or sister has to take the other half.*0695

*Then you would take 9; your brother or sister would take the other 9.*0699

*50 percent means half.*0704

*All you have to do is 50 percent of 18, you just figure out what half of 18 is.*0705

*The next one, here 8 percent; from percent to a decimal.*0712

*Again you are going to start right here.*0723

*You are going to move two spaces to the left.*0724

*You are going to go one and two.*0727

*Point... there is an empty space right here.*0731

*You have to fill it with a 0; 0; 8.*0735

*Then again you are going to drop the percent because it is no longer a percent.*0740

*0.08; 8 percent is 0.08; of means times; 6.*0743

*Again write it in parentheses when you are multiplying two numbers.*0752

*Is equals the number X or blank.*0759

*0.08 times 6; 0.08 times 6; 8 times 6 is 48; this is just 0.*0764

*How many numbers do I have behind the decimal point?*0785

*I only have two; there is none right here.*0789

*Decimal point is at the end right here; I only have two.*0791

*From the end, I am going to go in two spaces; one, two; right there.*0795

*8 percent of 6 is 0.48.*0803

*The next one, 99 percent of 100 is.*0815

*99 percent changes to a decimal because you are solving with it; 99 percent.*0819

*You are going to go one, two; it is going to be 0.99.*0826

*Of means times; 100 in parentheses; equals something; 0.99 times 100.*0836

*Let's do our shortcut; remember if you want, you can multiply it out like this.*0846

*Remember whenever you multiply a number that is a multiple of 10, meaning 10, 100.*0852

*Or I'm sorry; not a multiple of 100; but if you have a power of 100; 10, 100, 1000, and so on.*0859

*What that means is any number with a 1 with a bunch of 0s; 10, 100, 1000, 10000, and so on.*0866

*Since I have 100 and 100 has two 0s, I am going to take the decimal point.*0878

*I am going to move it two spaces.*0887

*But remember I have to move it to the right two spaces*0889

*because when you multiply by 100, that means your number has to get bigger.*0892

*To make this number bigger, I am going to move it to the right.*0897

*One, two; that is where my decimal place is going to go.*0900

*That is going to be 99.0.*0904

*Or remember if it is at the end of a number, you can just drop it.*0909

*You can make it invisible; 99; 99 percent of 100 is 99.*0914

*Whenever you find a percent of 100, it is always just that number.*0921

*If I have 1 percent of 100, that is going to be 1.*0925

*If I have 2 percent of 100, that is going to be 2.*0931

*If I have 100 percent of 100, that is going to be 100.*0935

*Whenever you take a percent of 100, it is just going to be this number without the percent sign.*0938

*68 percent of 100 is 68; that is only if this number is 100.*0945

*Let's just do a few more; what is 25 percent of 60?*0958

*This is what we are solving for; I can make that into my variable.*0966

*Use a question mark; you can do a little blank; is equals.*0971

*25 percent; percent to decimal; I am going to change 25 percent.*0980

*Start right here at the end; you are going to go in one, two.*0993

*It is going to be 0.25; of means times.*0997

*Again since you are multiplying two numbers together,*1007

*you are going to write it in parentheses like that.*1009

*To solve this, I have to... to find the what, to find this, I have to multiply 0.25 with 60.*1011

*60 times 0.25; this is 0; 6 times 5 is 30; put a 0 here.*1023

*2 times 0 is 0; 2 times 6 is 12.*1035

*Add them together; 0; 0; 5; 1.*1043

*How many numbers are behind decimal points?--I only have one, two.*1049

*You are going to start here; you are going to go one, two.*1056

*Remember 0s are at the end of a number behind the decimal point.*1060

*This is just going to be 15; X, this unknown, is 15.*1063

*That means 15 is 25 percent of 60.*1069

*What number is 10 percent of 10?*1078

*Again what number is the same thing as just what or blank or question mark.*1081

*You are looking for the number.*1087

*Is 10 percent; one, two; 0.10; of 10.*1089

*I know that 10 times 10 is 100.*1107

*You can just move the decimal point over that many times.*1111

*Or we can just use our shortcut.*1113

*Since I am multiplying a decimal by 10, how many 0s do I have in 10?*1116

*I only have one 0.*1121

*I am going to move this decimal point over one time.*1124

*It is going to be 1.0; but that is the same thing as 1.*1128

*You can just drop this 0.*1136

*If the decimal place is at the end of a number, then you can just make that invisible.*1139

*You can just write that as 1; that means 1 is 10 percent of 10.*1145

*Find 5 percent of 40; we want to find 5 percent of 40.*1156

*5 percent; this right here is the same thing as this.*1162

*We still have to change this; be careful.*1168

*Just because you don't see the percent sign doesn't mean that you can just drop this number down.*1171

*It is still a percent; you have to change this to a decimal.*1176

*5 percent; again start at the end; you are going to go one, two.*1189

*Going to be point, space right here, 0, 5; of is times; 40.*1196

*You are going to multiply these two numbers together; 0.05 times 40.*1212

*0 times 5 is 0; 0 times 0 is 0; put a 0 down there.*1220

*4 times 5 is 20; 4 times 0 is 0; add the 2.*1229

*Be 0, 0; remember we are adding them down; 200.*1239

*How many numbers total are behind decimal points?--I only have two; these two.*1245

*I am going to go from here; I am going to go one, two; in two spaces.*1251

*My answer is 2.00 which is remember the same thing as just 2.*1258

*My answer is going to be 2; 5 percent of 40 is 2.*1265

*100 percent of 18; 100 percent of 18.*1276

*When I say 100 percent, I am trying to say all of it.*1282

*This is like saying all of 18; 100 percent of 18 is all of 18.*1289

*What is all of 18?*1295

*All of 18, if you have 18 pieces of candy, what is all of it?*1297

*How many would be considered all of it?--18.*1301

*100 percent of 18 is just 18.*1304

*If you want to just solve it out, 100 percent into a decimal is going to be one, two, 1.0.*1308

*Or remember this is the same thing as 1.*1318

*Even though you don't see a decimal here, numbers always have a decimal point.*1323

*It is just if you don't see it, if it is invisible, it is always at the end.*1329

*100 percent is the same thing as 1 in decimal.*1334

*It is like saying 1, or 1.0 if you want, times 18.*1338

*What is 1 times 18?--isn't that 18?*1346

*Again shortcut, if you have 100 percent, you are saying what is all of it?*1352

*All of 18 is 18.*1357

*1 percent of 2000; into a decimal.*1361

*Right here, you are going to go one, two; the decimal point.*1372

*Empty space; you are going to fill it in with a 0; and 1.*1378

*1 percent in decimal is 0.01; be careful that you don't just make it 0.1.*1383

*Of, times; 2000; multiply it out; times 0.01; this is 0; 0; 0; 2.*1392

*Then this is just all 0s so I don't have to write that in.*1414

*It is like adding 0s.*1418

*If I add 0s to this number, it is just going to be that same number.*1419

*From here, how many numbers are behind decimal points?--two.*1426

*Start from here; you are going to go one, two, decimal point.*1430

*My answer here is going to be 20.00.*1435

*Again if the 0s are behind the decimal point at the end of a number, you can just drop them.*1446

*I can drop this, drop this; it will be 20 point.*1450

*But then I can just drop that, make that decimal point invisible if it is at the end.*1454

*It will just be 20.*1458

*The final example, a bag of candy contains 40 pieces.*1467

*If Susanna ate 20 percent of the candy or everything in the bag of candy, how many pieces did she eat?*1475

*A whole bag contains 40 pieces; she ate 20 percent of it.*1487

*How many pieces did she eat?--look at this; 20 percent of the candy.*1491

*What is the candy?--how many pieces does the bag of candy contain?--40 pieces.*1504

*It is like saying she ate 20 percent of the 40 pieces.*1510

*20 percent, again if I want to solve with this number, I have to change it to a decimal.*1516

*20 percent to decimal; I am going to start here; go one, two; is 0.20.*1523

*Of is times; you are going to multiply what?*1537

*The 40 because she ate 20 percent of all the pieces; times 40.*1541

*Here thing is going to be...*1554

*Remember if the 0 is at the end of a number and it is behind the decimal point, I can just drop it.*1557

*This is the same thing as 0.2 times 40.*1562

*I can't drop this 0; be careful here.*1566

*Don't drop the 0 because this 0 is not behind the decimal point.*1569

*Decimal point is right here; right there.*1574

*Since it is not behind the decimal point, I can't drop the 0.*1579

*But this one, I can; that will just make it easier to multiply.*1583

*40 times 0.2 is going to be 80.*1587

*I only have one number behind the decimal point.*1595

*Start here; you are going to go in one space.*1598

*0.2 times 40 is going to be 8.*1601

*Good thing with word problems is that you can estimate if your answer sounds correct.*1607

*Let's say I forget to count how many numbers I have behind decimal points and I just leave it as 80.*1613

*80 can't be my answer because if the bag of candy contains only 40 pieces, Susanna ate 20 percent of it.*1620

*Would it make sense if my answer was 80, that she ate 80 pieces?*1631

*There is only 40 pieces; I know this answer sounds correct.*1637

*It seems correct; it seems reasonable; remember 50 percent is half.*1646

*If Susanna ate 100 percent of the candy, that means she would have eaten all of the candy.*1653

*Then my answer would just be 40.*1658

*If Susanna ate 50 percent of the candy, remember 50 percent is half of the number.*1661

*If this said 50 percent, then you would have to just find half of 40.*1671

*She would have eaten 20 pieces of candy.*1676

*She only ate 20 percent; that means she has to have eaten less than half.*1680

*If 20 is half, we know 8 is reasonable then because it has to be less than half.*1685

*That is it for this lesson; thank you for watching Educator.com.*1695

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Post by sherman boey on July 28, 2014

why 2 numbers need ()? cant i just replace it with X?

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Post by CW Burnette on February 8, 2013

i get it but is there another short cut