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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: 8 = __% x 20
In this example, the number 20 represents the whole and so, as a percentage, it would be equal to 100%. Written as a ratio, we would get: 100% : 20
If a student took a 20 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 discover what percentage 8 is out of a whole of 20. For now, let’s call this unknown percentage value "Y". Written as a ratio, we would get: Y% : 8
To see a relationship between these two ratios, let’s combine them into an equation: 100% : 20 = Y% : 8
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.
"20 : 100% and 8 : Y%" is correct.
"20 : 100% and Y% : 8" is wrong.
Let’s solve the equation for Y by first rewriting it as: 100% / 20 = Y% / 8
Drop the percentage marks to simplify your calculations: 100 / 20 = Y / 8
Multiply both sides by 8 to isolate Y on the right side of the equation: 8 ( 100 / 20 ) = Y
Computing the left side, we get: 40 = Y
This leaves us with our final answer: 8 is 40% of 20