# Difference between revisions of "Percent"

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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 | + | 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%. |

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## 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%.