Percentages, Fractions, and Decimals Made Easy

Percentages, Fractions, and Decimals are connected. Percentages, fractions, and decimals are all different ways to represent parts of a whole. They can be converted between each other, which is useful for solving many mathematical problems.

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Examples of Percentages, Fractions, and Decimals

These are some examples of percentages.

Suppose, there are 200 students in a college. Let 80 students remain in college to participate in college extra-curricular activities (ECA). The fraction of students who participated in college ECA can be written as $\frac{80}{100}$, or $\frac{40}{100}$, or $\frac{2}{5}$. We can read it as 80 out of 200 students participated in ECA (or 2 out of 5 participated in ECA). Multiplying this fraction with 100 will convert the fraction to percentages. Therefore, 40% of the students participated in ECA.

By percent means that for every hundred or out of every hundred.

Therefore, a percentage is a fraction whose denominator is always 100. Therefore, a percentage can be converted to a fraction by dividing it by 100. Alternatively, one can change a fraction or a decimal to a percentage by multiplying it by 100. The following figure is about the conversion cycle of percentages to fractions or decimals and vice versa.

Percentages, Fractions, and Decimals

Real-life Examples of Percentages, Fractions, and Decimals

Suppose, you are told that 70% of the students in a class of 50 passed a Mathematics test. How many of them failed?

Number of Students passed the Mathematics test = 70% of 50 = $\frac{70}{100}\times 50 = 35$

Number of students who failed the Mathematics test = $50 – 35 = 15$.

The number of students who failed can be found in an alternative way

\[(100-70)\%\times 50 = \frac{30}{100}\times 50 = 15\]

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