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Percentages are similar to fractions with an important difference. In fractions the whole is represented by the denominator (e.g. the number 5 in the fraction of 1/5) In percentages, the whole is represented by the number 100. In fact, "per cent" means "per 100" or "for each 100."
To solve the problem above, let’s convert it into equation form: __ = 20% x 85
In this example, the number 85 represents the whole and so, as a percentage, it would be equal to 100%. Written as a ratio, we would get: 100% : 85
If a student took a 85 question test and they got every answer correct, as a percentage they would get a 100% score on the test.
In our problem we have to evaluate the 20 percent of 85. For now, let’s call this unknown value "Y". Written as a ratio, we would get: 20% : Y
To see a relationship between these two ratios, let’s combine them into an equation: 100% : 85 = 20% : Y
It is critical that both of the % values should be on the same side of a ratio. For instance, if you decide to put the % value on the right side of a ratio, then the other % value should also be on the right side of its ratio.
"85 : 100% and Y : 20%" is correct.
"85 : 100% and 20% : Y" is wrong.
Let’s solve the equation for Y by first rewriting it as: 100% / 85 = 20% / Y
Drop the percentage marks to simplify your calculations: 100 / 85 = 20 / Y
Multiply both sides by Y to transfer it on the left side of the equation: Y ( 100 / 85 ) = 20
To isolate Y, multiply both sides by 85 / 100, we will have: Y = 20 ( 85 / 100 )
Computing the right side, we get: Y = 17
This leaves us with our final answer: 20% of 85 is 17