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(Full rewrite for clarity. The old version was correct, but I believe it was a bit too technical.)
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A '''percent''' (literally, "per cent" means "per hundred") is another way of expressing a [[fraction]]. Instead of allowing any [[denominator]], a percent always has a denominator of 100.
 
A '''percent''' (literally, "per cent" means "per hundred") is another way of expressing a [[fraction]]. Instead of allowing any [[denominator]], a percent always has a denominator of 100.
  
There is a special notation based on this concept: When the denominator is 100, it is omitted, and the [[numerator]] is usually followed by a the percent sign "%". For example, one percent (or simply "1%") would be 1/100, and 1/4 would be 25%.
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There is a special notation based on this concept: When the denominator is 100, it is omitted, and the [[numerator]] is usually followed by the percent sign "%". For example, one percent (or simply "1%") would be 1/100, and 1/4 would be 25%.
  
 
[[Category:Mathematics]]
 
[[Category:Mathematics]]

Revision as of 16:34, 11 February 2008

A percent (literally, "per cent" means "per hundred") is another way of expressing a fraction. Instead of allowing any denominator, a percent always has a denominator of 100.

There is a special notation based on this concept: When the denominator is 100, it is omitted, and the numerator is usually followed by the percent sign "%". For example, one percent (or simply "1%") would be 1/100, and 1/4 would be 25%.