Date: Tue, 16 Mar 1999 08:38:07 -0600 (CST) Subject: Percentages Name: Beth
Question:
Example: 67,800 - 56,000 = 11,800
It's been about 0 years since High School, so I don't remember how to do this. Hi Beth You are asking a very important question. Whenever we talk about percent we have to ask "of what?".Consider this example. Now to return to your problem. The answer depends on whether you want to determine the difference as a percent of 56 000 or as a percent of 67 800. If you want the difference as a percent of 56 000 then you write the fraction 11 800/56 000. If you want the difference as a percent of 67 800 then you write the fraction 11 800/67 800. In the 1st case the decimal is 0.2107.... To change this to a percent we multiply by 100 and so the difference as a percent of 56 000 is about 21.1%. In the 2nd case the decimal is 0.1740... and so the difference as a percent of 67 800 is about 17.4%. I hope that this helps. Jack To return to the previous page use your browser's back button. |