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3.9: Conversion of Decimals, Fractions, and Percent

Difficulty Level: Basic Created by: CK-12
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Practice Conversion of Decimals, Fractions, and Percent
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Suppose you're taking the written test for your driver's license and you get 45 of the questions correct. The proctor of the test said that you needed to get at least 70% of the questions right in order to pass. Do you think you passed the test for your driver's license? Do you know how to convert 45 to a percent? What if you had to convert a decimal to a percent, a percent to a decimal, or a percent to a fraction? Could you do it? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to!

Percent Problems

A percent is a ratio whose denominator is 100. Before we can use percents to solve problems, let's review how to convert percents to decimals and fractions and vice versa.

To convert a decimal to a percent, multiply the decimal by 100.

Example A

Convert 0.3786 to a percent.


To convert a percentage to a decimal, divide the percentage by 100.

Example B

Convert 98.6% into a decimal.


When converting fractions to percents, we can substitute x100 for x%, where x is the unknown.

Example C

Express 35 as a percent.

We start by representing the unknown as x% or x100.

(35)5x5xx(35)=x100=1003=300=3005=60=60%Cross multiply.Divide both sides by 5 to solve for x.

Guided Practice

Express 75% as a reduced fraction.


75% means 75100. We just need to reduce it:



Sample explanations for some of the practice exercises below are available by viewing the following video. Note that there is not always a match between the number of the practice exercise in the video and the number of the practice exercise listed in the following exercise set. However, the practice exercise is the same in both. CK-12 Basic Algebra: Percent Problems (14:15)

Express the following decimals as percents.

  1. 0.011
  2. 0.001
  3. 0.91
  4. 1.75
  5. 20

Express the following fractions as a percent (round to two decimal places when necessary).

  1. 16
  2. 524
  3. 67
  4. 117
  5. 1397

Express the following percentages as reduced fractions.

  1. 11%
  2. 65%
  3. 16%
  4. 12.5%
  5. 87.5%




A percent is a ratio whose denominator is 100.
Percent Equation

Percent Equation

The percent equation can be stated as: "Rate times Total equals Part," or "R% of Total is Part."

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