Unit 17 Section 3 : Introduction to Percentages

In this section we introduce the idea of a percentage.
Percentages are another way of representing fractions and decimals.
 
The word 'percentage' means 'per hundred', so 50% means 50 per hundred, or .
Look at the table on the right for some common percentages:

Percentages of Shapes

Example 1
Look at the two shapes below.
In each case, we need to work out what percentage of the shape is shaded.

Common Percentages
100%
=
100
100
=
1
75%
=
75
100
=
50%
=
50
100
=
25%
=
25
100
=
1%
=
 1 
100
=0.01
0%
=
 0 
100
=0
Example 2
In the two shapes above, what percentage of the shape was not shaded?
The whole of any object or shape is 100%.
(a) If 71% of the square is shaded, 29% must be not shaded.
(b) If 60% of the rectangle is shaded, 40% must be not shaded.

Finding a percentage of an amount

To find a particular percentage of an amount, convert the percentage to a fraction, then multiply by the amount.

Example
Find 30% of 40 metres.

30% of 40 metres is 12 metres.

Practice Questions
Work out the answer to each of these questions then click on the button marked Click on this button below to see the correct answer to see whether you are correct.
(a) What is 5% of 100 kg?

(b) What is 20% of 40 litres?

(c) What is 25% of 80?

 

Exercises

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Questions 1 & 2
Look at the shapes below:
Question 1
Write down what percentage of each shape is shaded.

(a) %
(b) %
(c) %
(d) %
(e) %
(f) %

Question 2
Write down what percentage of each shape is not shaded.

(a) %
(b) %
(c) %
(d) %
(e) %
(f) %

Question 3
76% of a rectangle is shaded.
What percentage is not shaded?
%

Question 4
Look at the shapes below:
Write down what percentage of each shape is shaded.
(a) %
(b) %
(c) %
(d) %
(e) %
(f) %
(g) %

Question 5
35% of a class are girls.
What percentage are boys?
%

Question 6
88% of a class pass their maths test.
What percentage failed the test?
%

Question 7
Calculate the following (be careful with units).

(a) 50% of 200

(b) 30% of 500 kg
kg

(c) 60% of 50p
p

(d) 5% of 2
p

(e) 15% of 10 kg
kg

(f) 25% of 120 metres
metres

(g) 2% of 400

(h) 26% of 2
p

(i) 20% of 300

(j) 75% of 200 kg
kg


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