Understanding Percent

Understanding Percent


Writing Fractions or Decimals as Percents

A fraction or decimal can be rewritten as a percent if you multiply it by 100%.



Rewrite a fraction as a percent.


Rewrite a decimal as a percent.


Solve Percentage Problems by Using Proportion

The word percent means "per hundred." A percent is a ratio with a denominator of 100. The symbol for percent is %.

To represent "a is p percent of b," use proportion:

where a is part of the base b, and p is the percentage.


The city council decides to plant trees as part of an erosion prevention project. Out of 240 newly planted trees, 15 are oak. What percentage of the trees are oak?


To find the percentage of trees that are oak, use a percent proportion.

6.25% of the newly planted trees are oak.