## Saturday, March 14, 2020

### Finding the Percent of Change Between Numbers

Finding the Percent of Change Between Numbers There are two methods of finding theÃ‚  percent of change between two numbers. The first isÃ‚  to find the ratio of the amount of change to the original amount. If the new number is greater than the old number, then that ratio is the percent of increase, which will be a positive. If the new number is less than the old number, then that ratio is the percent of decrease, which will be a negative. The first question to ask yourself when finding the percent of change with this method is: Is it an increase or a decrease? Method 1: AProblem With an Increase Say one person had \$200 in a savings account last month and now has \$225. Thats an increase. The problem is to find the percent of increase inÃ‚  money. First,Ã‚  subtract to find the amount of change: 225 - 25 200. TheÃ‚  increase is 25. Next, divide the amount of change by the original amount: 25 Ãƒ · 200 0.125 Now, to change the decimal to a percent, multiply the number by 100: 0.125 X 100 12.5 The answer is 12.5 percent. So thats the percent of change, an increase of 12.5 percent in the savings account. Method 1: A Problem Witha Decrease Say one person weighed 150 pounds last year and now weighs 125 pounds. Thats a decrease. The problem is to find the percent of decrease in weight- the weight loss,Ã‚   First, subtract to find the amount of change: 150 - 125 25. The decrease is 25. Next, divide the amount of change by the original amount: 25 Ãƒ · 150 0.167 Now, to change the decimal to a percent, multiply the number by 100: 0.167 x 100 16.7 The answer is 16.7 percent. So thats the percent of change, a decrease of 16.7 percent in body weight. Method 2: AProblemWith an Increase TheÃ‚  second method of findingÃ‚  theÃ‚  percentÃ‚  of change between two numbers involves finding the ratio between the new number and the original number. Use the same example for thisÃ‚  method of finding the percent of increase: One person had \$200 in a savings account last month and now has \$225. The problem is to find the percent of increase in money. First, divide the new amount by the original amount: 225 / 200 1.125 Next, to change the decimal to a percent,Ã‚  multiply the resultÃ‚  by 100: 1.125 X 100 112.5 percent Now, subtract 100 percent from the result: 112.5 percent - 100 percent Ã‚  12.5 percent Thats the same result as in method 1: an increase of 12.5 percent in the savings account. Method2: AProblemWitha Decrease Use the same example for the secondÃ‚  method of finding the percent of decrease: One person weighed 150 pounds last year and now weighs 125 pounds. The problem isÃ‚  to find the percent of decrease in weight. First,Ã‚  divide the new amount by he original amount: 125 / 150 0.833 Next, to change the decimal to a percent, multiply the result by 100: 0.833 X 100 83.3 percent Now,Ã‚  subtract 100 percent from the result: 83.3 percent - 100 percent -16.7 percent Thats the same result as in method 1: aÃ‚  decrease of 16.7 percent in body weight.