Learn About Writing Fractions as Percents With The Following Examples And Interactive Exercises
Problem: Last marking period, Ms. Jones gave an A grade to 15 out of every 100 students and Mr. McNeil gave an A grade to 3 out of every 20 students. What percent of each teacher's students received an A?
|Ms. Jones||15 to 100||15%|
|Mr. McNeil||3 to 20||15%|
Solution: Both teachers gave 15% of their students an A last marking period.
In the problem above, the fraction for Ms. Jones was easily converted to a percent. This is because It is easy to convert a fraction to a percent when the denominator is 100. If a fraction does not have a denominator of 100, you can convert it to an equivalent fraction with a denominator of 100, and then write the equivalent fraction as a percent. This is what was done in the problem above for Mr. McNeil. Let's look at some problems in which we use equivalent fractions to help us convert a fraction to a percent.
Example 1: Write each fraction as a percent:
Example 2: One team won 19 out of every 20 games played, and a second team won 7 out of every 8 games played. Which team has a higher percentage of wins?
Solution: The first team has a higher percentage of wins.
In Examples 1 and 2, we used equivalent fractions to help us convert each fraction to a percent. Another way to do this is to convert each fraction to a decimal, and then convert each decimal to a percent. To convert a fraction to a decimal, divide its numerator by its denominator. Look at Example 3 below to see how this is done.
Example 3: Write each fraction as a percent:
Now that you are familiar with writing fractions as percents, do you see a pattern in the problem below?
|Problem:||If 165% equals , and 16.5% equals , then what fraction is equal to 1.65%?|
Summary: To write a fraction as a percent, we can convert it to an equivalent fraction with a denominator of 100. Another way to write a fraction as a percent is to divide its numerator by its denominator, then convert the resulting decimal to a percent.
Directions: Read each question below. Select your answer by clicking on its button. Feedback to your answer is provided in the RESULTS BOX. If you make a mistake, choose a different button.
|1. Which of the following is equal to 36%
|2. Which of the following is equal to 62.5%?
|3. Which of the following is equal to ?
|4. Which of the following is equal to ?
|5. What fraction is equal to .42%?