# How to calculate percentages

## Enter the percentage and the number

## How to calculate a percentage of a number. Simple explanation.

A percentage is a part of a number.

100% is the whole number, 50% is half of the number, 10% is a tenth of the number.

For example: 50% of 10 is 5. And 10% of 200 is 20.

## Calculate percentages. Various methods.

### Lifehacks for the lazy.

If you remember the logical values of the most popular percentages, you can easily calculate them in your mind, without a calculator.

50% means – half. To find out 50% of a number, just divide it by 2. For example, 50% of 140 is 70.

25% means – a quarter. To find out 25% of a number, just divide it by 4. For example, 25% of 160 is 40.

10% means – a tenth. To find out 10% of a number, just divide it by 10. For example, 10% of 160 is 16.

5% means – one twentieth. To find out 5% of a number, just divide it by 20. For example, 5% of 400 is 20.

### Classic approach to calculating %

Suppose we need to find out 16% of the number 300.

First, convert the percentage to a fraction. To do this, remove the % sign and divide the number by 100.

16% – 0.16

Then multiply the resulting number by the given number and add the % sign:

0.16 * 300 = 48

### How to calculate more than 100% of a number

To calculate more than 100%, move the decimal point two places to the left. Multiply the resulting number by the given number.

For example. To calculate 200% of the number 120.

200% – 2.00

2.00 * 120 = 240

## Simple steps to learning how to calculate percentages

- Understanding the essence. A percentage is one hundredth of a number. That is, 2 percent is the fiftieth part, and 10% is its tenth part.
- Use the lifehacks from our article. They will help you quickly learn to calculate percentages without a calculator.
- Use percentage tables. Visual illustrations will help understand concepts such as – part, share, whole.
- Practice calculating percentages in life. Discounts in stores, % on loans or shares in companies. Percentages are deeply intertwined in our life and should be utilized. Everyday things are easier to grasp than abstract concepts.