 Quandaries and Queries Minnie Secondary education(10-12) Teacher Question: \$22,534.56 is what percent of \$27,820.00? how to calculate this, I have truly tried to calculate this and could'nt. 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 \$22,534.56 is what percent of \$27,820.00? is one such situation. 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 one-hundred", that is divided by 100, and "of" is multiplication. Hence I read your English sentence \$22,534.56 is what percent of \$27,820.00? as \$22,534.56 = x/100 \$27,820.00? To solve for x first multiply each side by 100 to get \$22,534.56 100 = x \$27,820.00? and then divide both sides by \$27,820.00. x = \$22,534.56 100/\$27,820.00 = 81.00129 Hence \$22,534.56 is 81.00129 percent of \$27,820.00 Cheers, Penny Go to Math Central