Percent
Percent is used to express ratios in the form of a fraction with 100 as the denominator. In Latin, per cent means per hundred. Percents are usually written down using the internationally recognizable symbol % called the percent sign. Percent express the size of one quantity in relation to another quantity. The same relation can also be expressed with fractions or decimals. Like this:
56% = 0.56 = 56/100
Although percent can range in value from positive to negative infinity (you can actually say that a balloon increased its size by a million percent) and it does not have to be in the form of an integer (there is such a thing as 0.000002 percent), there are situations where the percentage can only be a value between 0 and 100.
When we talk about one part of a larger whole, the whole is considered to be the 100% and the part of that whole cannot be larger than that. For example, if you lose weight, you cannot lose more than 100% of your own weight (in theory – in practice the percent is way smaller than that).
The same thing is true when dealing with probability. The sum of probabilities of all possible outcomes in a single event cannot be greater than 100%. For instance, if you are tossing a coin that can only have two outcomes (heads or tails), there is a 50% chance that the outcome will be heads and a 50% chance the outcome will be tails. If you are throwing a 10sided dice, each of the possible outcomes has a 10% chance of happening. The sum of all probabilities in an event is always 100%. Never more and never less. And a part of a whole is always smaller than the whole.
Percent can also be converted into fractions and/or decimals for easier calculation. If you wish to learn more about that subject, click convert percents, decimals and fractions.
If you wish to practice what you learned about percent, feel free to use the worksheets below.
Percent exams for teachers
Worksheet Name  File Size  Downloads  Upload date 
Percents


Percents – easy  453 kB  1514  October 13, 2012 
Percents – medium  453.2 kB  1596  October 13, 2012 
Percents – hard  453.1 kB  1246  October 13, 2012 
Fractions, decimals and percents


Fractions, decimals and percents – very easy  452.4 kB  1026  October 13, 2012 
Fractions, decimals and percents – easy  452.6 kB  1093  October 13, 2012 
Fractions, decimals and percents – medium  0 B  1164  January 1, 1970 
Fractions, decimals and percents – hard  453.9 kB  1003  October 13, 2012 
Fractions, decimals and percents – very_hard  454.1 kB  1020  October 13, 2012 
Percents worksheets for students
Worksheet Name  File Size  Downloads  Upload date 
Changing percents to decimals  36 kB  2010  October 14, 2012 
Changing percents to fractions  42.9 kB  1730  October 14, 2012 
Changing decimals to percents  28.8 kB  1393  October 14, 2012 
Changing decimals to fractions  41.7 kB  1250  October 14, 2012 
Changing fractions to percents  57.8 kB  1045  October 14, 2012 
Changing fractions to decimals  57.2 kB  1032  October 14, 2012 
Percent problems  480 kB  3875  October 14, 2012 