This is an example of a real life percentage question -

This morning, I took a history test. There were 20 multiple-choice problems on the test and I answered 60% of them correctly. How many problems did I get right?

The question is looking for the missing PART

There are 20 problems on the test (WHOLE number of problems)
I got 60% correct (PERCENT)
How many problems did I get right? (missing PART)

To find the missing PART, I multiply the PERCENT by the WHOLE

This morning, I took a history test. There were 20 multiple-choice problems on the test and I answered 60% of them correctly. How many problems did I get right?

The question is looking for the missing PART

There are 20 problems on the test (WHOLE number of problems)

I got 60% correct (PERCENT)

How many problems did I get right? (missing PART)

To find the missing PART, I multiply the PERCENT by the WHOLE

60% = 60 / 100

60 / 100 = 0.6

0.6 x 20 = 12

I got 12 questions right

- jfgcah Jan 14, 2012