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Question from Colleen, a student:

One million is six percent of what number?

Hi Colleen,

The way the question is worded it can easily be converted to an equation. The word "is" can easily be seen as "is equal to", "six percent" is six per one-hundred or $\large \frac{6}{100},$ and "what number" is the thing you don't know. Hence I would begin as follows.

Let $x$ be the unknown number then the statement can be converted to the equation

\[6,000,000 = \frac{6}{100} \times x.\]

Solve for $x.$


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