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Minnie Question: 

Hi Minnie, Sometimes with percentage questions you can read the English sentence and translate it, almost directly, into a mathematical sentence (an equation). Your sentence In a mathematical sentence (an equation) the verb is the equal sign. In your English sentence the verb is "is". The "what, where, why, how" word is the unknown. I am going to call it x. Percent is "per onehundred", that is divided by 100, and "of" is multiplication. Hence I read your English sentence To solve for x first multiply each side by 100 to get Penny 

