We often hear things like,

‘He topped the class with 95% marks’

‘The air around us has 21% of oxygen’

or ‘This cloth is made up of 80% of cotton’

But what exactly do we mean by this?

Percentage is
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per-cent
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where, cent ⇒ century = 100

Hence, percentage is per 100

So, percent (%) = 1/100

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What does 50% mean?
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50% means 50 out of 100

i.e.

50% = 50 × 1/100

= 50/100

= 5/10

= 1/2

So, 50% means
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1/2
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What does 100% mean?
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100% means 100 out of 100

100% = 100 × 1/100

= 1

So, 100% means 1

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What does 20% mean?
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20% means 20 out of 100

20% = 20 × 1/100

= 20/100

= 2/10

= 1/5

So, 20% means 1/5

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We can also represent percentage in decimals.
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Represent 50% in decimal
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50% = 50 × 1/100

= 5 × 1/10

= 5/10

= 0.5

So, 50% also means
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0.5
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Represent
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100
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% in decimal
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100% = 100 × 1/100

= 1

So, 100% also means
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1
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Represent 20
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% in decimal
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20% = 20 × 1/100

= 2 × 1/10

= 2/10

= 0.2

So, 20% also means
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0.2
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