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## Math Antics - Finding A Percent Of A Number - Free Educational videos for Students in k-12

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00:03 Uh huh . Hi and welcome to Math Antics .
00:08 In today's video , we're going to learn how to
00:09 do one of the most common calculations with percentages .
00:12 We're going to learn how to find a percent of
00:14 a number . But what does that even mean ?
00:17 Do numbers have Percents that they hide somewhere ? And
00:20 then we have to go looking for them like a
00:22 game of hide and seek . Uh huh . Gotcha
00:28 not exactly finding a percent of a number makes more
00:33 sense if you remember that a number just represents an
00:36 amount and that percent is really just a fraction .
00:39 So finding a percent of a number really means finding
00:42 a fraction of an amount . Think about it this
00:45 way let's say the number 20 represents an amount .
00:48 Like the amount of ladybugs that you found at the
00:50 park one day . And let's also imagine that you
00:53 agreed to give 25 of all the lady bugs you
00:56 found to your little sister . Okay then . So
00:59 how many is that if you have 20 ladybugs ,
01:02 how many is 25 of that amount ? That's what
01:05 it means to find the percent of a number .
01:08 You're finding out how much that percent or fraction of
01:11 the total is In this case . Since our total
01:14 is 20 , we need to know what 25 of
01:17 20 is . So how do we figure that out
01:20 ? Well , it's really easy if you remember back
01:23 to one of our fractions videos . The one about
01:25 multiplying fractions in that video . We learned that when
01:29 dealing with fractions sometimes the word of is used instead
01:33 of the multiplication symbol . When they say find one
01:36 half of 16 . They really mean fined one half
01:39 times 16 . Well , guess what ? Since the
01:43 percent is just a special fraction of means the exact
01:47 same thing with Percents . That it did with fractions
01:49 when we have 25% of 20 that means the same
01:54 as 25% times 20 . Great . So all we
01:58 have to do to find a percent of a number
02:00 is to multiply but how do we multiply a percent
02:03 and a number together ? Do we just forget about
02:05 the percent sign and multiply the numbers together ? No
02:09 , if we did it that way our number would
02:11 be way too big . 25 should be a smaller
02:15 part or a fraction of 20 ladybugs . But if
02:18 we did 25 times 20 we would get 500 ladybugs
02:22 . Clearly that's not the right answer . Here's what
02:26 we have to do . Instead remember that when you
02:28 see a percent written like this with the percent sign
02:30 , it's an abbreviation for a fraction in this case
02:33 25 over 100 . So we need to use that
02:36 fraction form when we multiply . Since we're really multiplying
02:39 by a fraction now , some of you may also
02:42 remember that presents . Have a decimal form , we'll
02:44 get to that in just a minute . Okay then
02:47 if we use the fraction form of our percent ,
02:49 then our problem becomes 25 over 100 times 20 .
02:53 Now that's a problem . We know how to do
02:56 to multiply fractions . We just multiply the top numbers
02:59 and then we multiply the bottom numbers to get the
03:01 answer And we can just write 20 as a fraction
03:04 by putting one as the bottom number because 20/1 is
03:08 the exact same value as 20 . So let's go
03:11 ahead and multiply it on the top , we have
03:14 25 times 20 which gives us 500 And on the
03:18 bottom we have 100 times one which is just 100
03:22 . So our answer is 500 over 100 Now 500
03:26 over 100 might seem like a strange answer , but
03:29 that's just because we still need to simplify it .
03:31 500 over 100 simplifies to 5/1 and 5/1 is just
03:37 five . That's much better . So 25 of 20
03:42 is fine . All right . So to find a
03:45 percent of a number , we just need to multiply
03:47 the fraction form of the percent by the number and
03:50 we have our answer . But there's another slightly different
03:54 method that you can use that works especially well if
03:57 you're allowed to use a calculator in our first percentages
04:00 video , we learned that Percents have both a fraction
04:03 form and a decimal form . We've already seen how
04:06 we can use the fraction form to find a percent
04:07 of a number but we can also use the decimal
04:10 form if we want to . Instead , the procedure
04:13 starts the same . If you need to find 25
04:16 of 20 , you first replace the word of with
04:19 the multiplication symbol . Next we'll replace the percent but
04:22 with its decimal form this time 25 is the same
04:26 as the decimal 0.25 . Then all we have to
04:30 do is multiply . And although I could easily do
04:33 the decimal multiplication by hand I happen to have a
04:36 calculator so I'm going to use it . I just
04:39 enter 0.25 times 20 it equals . And I get
04:44 five , yep that's the same answer we got when
04:47 we use the fraction form of 25% . Oh yeah
04:50 So that's how you find a percent of a number
04:53 . You just multiply the number by either the fraction
04:55 form or the decimal form of the 1% . Either
04:58 way we'll give you the right answer . So you
05:00 can choose whichever will be easier for you to do
05:03 . Let's see a couple more examples before you practice
05:05 on your own . This next one involves money ,
05:09 pretend that your best friend has a job walking dogs
05:11 and offers to give you 35 of whatever he earns
05:15 . If you help them walk some of the dogs
05:17 , If your friend earns \$80 that week , how
05:19 much of the money will you get in ? Other
05:21 words ? You need to figure out what 35 of
05:24 80 is . Okay then let's start by replacing the
05:29 of with the time symbol . And next we have
05:31 to decide if we want to replace the percent with
05:33 its fraction form or its decimal form . I think
05:36 I'll use the decimal form for this one which means
05:38 I'll replace the 35 with 0.35 . Now all we
05:43 have to do is multiply 0.35 times 80 . And
05:46 that's 28 . That means you'll get \$28 if you
05:54 in the last two problems we found a percent of
05:56 a number which like we learned at the beginning of
05:58 the video just means finding a fraction of an amount
06:02 . And like you'd expect when finding a fraction of
06:04 something . The answer was smaller than the amount we
06:06 started with . But remember fractions can be improper to
06:10 which means that their value is greater than one And
06:13 in the same way%s can be greater than 100% .
06:17 So you might come across situations like this , suppose
06:24 year it has 120 of that amount . Well 100%
06:28 . Would mean the exact same number of students is
06:30 last year . So 120 must mean that there's more
06:33 students now . But how many students to find out
06:37 ? We need to calculate what 120 of 400 is
06:41 great . We know just how to do that .
06:43 We just multiply 400 by the fraction form or the
06:46 decimal form of 120% . Let's use the decimal form
06:51 again to get the decimal form of 120% . We
06:54 move the decimal point over two places to the left
06:57 and we get 1.20 . So we multiply 1.20 times
07:03 400 , which gives us 480 . So this year
07:07 there's 480 students at school . All right then that's
07:11 how you find the percent of a number and it's
07:13 a really useful mask . You'll , that has a
07:15 lot of real life applications , so it's important to
07:18 learn how to do it right ? As always ,
07:21 the best way to learn math is to practice on
07:24 your own . Thanks for watching Math Antics and I'll
07:26 see you next time .
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