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Welcome to Mathnasium’s Math Tricks series. Today we are finding the direct percentage amount of any number.
To calculate the “direct percent” of a number, we use the following steps:
Follow the example below to find the direct percent.
Step 1: Estimate the answer by rounding the number to the nearest multiple of 50.
Rounding the number 363 to the nearest multiple of 50, we get 350.
Since 87% means 87 for each 100, we estimate 87% of 350, which is equal to 304.5.
Step 2: Convert the percent to a decimal.
To convert 87% to a decimal we move the decimal point two places to the left, leaving us with 0.87.
Step 3: Multiply the number by the decimal.
Multiplying the number 363 by the decimal 0.87, we get an answer of 315.81.
Step 4: Check for reasonableness.
Our estimate was 304.5, so 315.81 is very reasonable.
Answer: 315.81 minutes.
Now, with this strategy, you are ready to use this Mathnasium Math Trick to find the direct percent of any number by converting the percent to a decimal and multiplying it by the number. Click here for more practice problems, then check your answers here.
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