Problem: One team won 18 out of every 25 games, and another team won 72% of all games played. Which team has a better winning record?

We know from previous lessons that a percent is a ratio whose second term is 100. So we get the following:

72% = 72 out of 100 = and

18 out of 25 = =

Solution: Both teams have the same winning record.

Any percent can be written as a fraction in lowest terms. One method for reducing a fraction to lowest terms is to divide both the numerator and the denominator by their greatest common factor (GCF). Let's look at an example of this.

Example 1: Write each percent as a fraction in lowest terms: 55%, 41%, 36%

Solution | |||

Percent |
Fraction |
Reducing |
Lowest Terms |

55% | |||

41% | |||

36% |

In Example 1, the GCF of 55 and 100 is 5; the GCF of 41 and 100 is 1; and the GCF of 36 and 100 is 4. Note that when the GCF is 1, this means that the fraction is already in lowest terms. Let's look at some more examples.

Example 2: Write each percent as a fraction in lowest terms: 7%, 12.5%, 62.5%

Solution | |||

Percent |
Fraction |
Reducing |
Lowest Terms |

7% | |||

12.5% | |||

62.5% |

Example 3: Write each percent as a fraction in lowest terms: 67.5%, 56.25%, 13.1%

Solution | |||

Percent |
Fraction |
Reducing |
Lowest Terms |

67.5% | |||

56.25% | |||

13.1% |

Summary: To write a percent as a fraction in lowest terms, follow these steps:

- Write the percent as a fraction with a denominator of 100.
- Reduce the fraction to lowest terms.

### Exercises

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Which of the following is equal to 90%? |

2. Which of the following is equal to 16%? |

3. Which of the following is equal to ? |

4. Which of the following is equal to .875? |

5. Which number has the greatest value? |