To write a % to a decimal, drop the % and move the decimal two places to the left.
For example, 75% =
.75   You must change a % to a decimal in order to calculate with a percentage.

To write a decimal as a percent, move the decimal two places to the right and place a % sign to the right of the number. For example, .25 = 25%

To write a % as a fraction, drop the % and place the number over 100 and reduce, if possible.
For example 12.5% would be


To write a fraction as a percent, multiply the fraction by 100% and then simplify the resulting fraction.  For example,

                (Note: you may have to round)

Example 1:  A refrigerator sells for $650. If the sales rate is 8.5%, what is the total price?0

Tax = 650(0.085) = $55.25

Total Price = 650 + 55.25 = $705.25

Example 2:  John makes $2500 a month in income. If he spends $300 for entertainment, what percent of his monthly income is spent on entertainment?


Example 3:  A used car is sold for 60% of itís original value of $22,000.  What is the selling price of the used car?

New Price = 22,000 (0.60) = $13,20

Changing Percent to a Decimal and then to a Fraction:

Percent means "out of a hundred."  First, convert the percent to a decimal by removing the % sign and moving the decimal two places to the left. Place the resulting number over 100 and then remove the decimal sign.  For example:


The fraction may now be reduced:


To convert a fraction to a percent, remember that a fraction means division so divide. The quotient now may be transformed to a percent by moving the decimal two places to the right and inserting a % sign. For example:

    3/4 = 0.75 = 75%

    3/2 = 1.5 = 150%

    5/8 = 0.625 = 62.5%

General Algebra Tips

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This page was edited on 28-Jan-2013