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What is a percentage?

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Last updated 26 October 2012 15:30 by NZTecAdmin

Write 35% on the board.

What does this mean?

Discuss this in small groups of 3-4 learners.

Record the ideas from each group as they report back.

Discuss things like:

  • % means “out of one hundred” (/ means “divide by”, 00 comes from 100)
  • “Per” means for every, “Cent” means one hundred, e.g. Century is 100 years or 100 runs
  • 35% is less than one half but bigger than one quarter because 50% is one half and 25% is one quarter
  • 35% is about one third because one third is 33.3%
  • 35% of something, what is the something? (Whole needs to be given, e.g. 120 kg)


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