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By the end of this section, you will be able to:
  • Use the definition of percent
  • Convert percents to fractions and decimals
  • Convert decimals and fractions to percents

Before you get started, take this readiness quiz.

  1. Translate “the ratio of 33 to 5” into an algebraic expression.
    If you missed this problem, review Evaluate, Simplify and Translate Expressions .
  2. Write 3 5 as a decimal.
    If you missed this problem, review Decimals and Fractions .
  3. Write 0.62 as a fraction.
    If you missed this problem, review Decimals .

Use the definition of percent

How many cents are in one dollar? There are 100 cents in a dollar. How many years are in a century? There are 100 years in a century. Does this give you a clue about what the word “percent” means? It is really two words, “per cent,” and means per one hundred. A percent    is a ratio whose denominator is 100 . We use the percent symbol %, to show percent.


A percent is a ratio whose denominator is 100 .

According to data from the American Association of Community Colleges ( 2015 ) , about 57% of community college students are female. This means 57 out of every 100 community college students are female, as [link] shows. Out of the 100 squares on the grid, 57 are shaded, which we write as the ratio 57 100 .

The figure shows a hundred flat with 57 units shaded.
Among every 100 community college students, 57 are female.

Similarly, 25% means a ratio of 25 100 , 3% means a ratio of 3 100 and 100% means a ratio of 100 100 . In words, "one hundred percent" means the total -100%- is 100 100 , and since 100 100 = 1 , we see that 100% means 1 whole.

According to the Public Policy Institute of California ( 2010 ) , 44% of parents of public school children would like their youngest child to earn a graduate degree. Write this percent as a ratio.


The amount we want to convert is 44%. 44%
Write the percent as a ratio. Remember that percent means per 100. 44 100
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Write the percent as a ratio.

According to a survey, 89% of college students have a smartphone.

89 100

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Write the percent as a ratio.

A study found that 72% of U.S. teens send text messages regularly.

72 100

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In 2007 , according to a U.S. Department of Education report, 21 out of every 100 first-time freshmen college students at 4-year public institutions took at least one remedial course. Write this as a ratio and then as a percent.


The amount we want to convert is 21 out of every 100 .

Write as a ratio. 21 100
Convert the 21 per 100 to percent. 21%
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Write as a ratio and then as a percent: The American Association of Community Colleges reported that 62 out of 100 full-time community college students balance their studies with full-time or part time employment.

62 100 , 62%

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Write as a ratio and then as a percent: In response to a student survey, 41 out of 100 Santa Ana College students expressed a goal of earning an Associate's degree or transferring to a four-year college.

41 100 , 41%

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Convert percents to fractions and decimals

Since percents are ratios, they can easily be expressed as fractions. Remember that percent    means per 100 , so the denominator of the fraction is 100 .

Convert a percent to a fraction.

  1. Write the percent as a ratio with the denominator 100 .
  2. Simplify the fraction if possible.

Questions & Answers

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Brian Reply
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industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
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What is meant by 'nano scale'?
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scanning tunneling microscope
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Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
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anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
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Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Jeannette has $5 and $10 bills in her wallet. The number of fives is three more than six times the number of tens. Let t represent the number of tens. Write an expression for the number of fives.
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. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
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