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Approaching Percents with Proportions

Monday, December 03, 2012 9:17 AM

1) Write a proportion you could use to solve the following problem. Be sure to include the units. 16 cookies require 1.5 cups of flour. How many cups of flour would 20 cookies require?

16 cookies -------------1.5 cups

20 cookies -------------X cups

2) Rewrite the proportion with ONLY the units. Cookies Cookies Cups Cups

3) Explain how the units in a proportion are essential when setting up a proportion.

The units are important because if they did not have common units how would you know what the final answers units were .
4) What does percent mean?

A percent is a number out of one hundred


5) Write 30% as a fraction.

30/100

3/10

6) What is the denominator of any percent written as a fraction? 100 7) Think of percent as part of a whole. What number would represent the whole?

100
8) If I have a bowl of apples and 50 out of 120 are red apples, what is the part and what is the whole in this situation?

The part is 50 and the whole is 120


9) Set up a proportion to figure out what percent of the apples in the previous question are red and solve.

50 red apples 120 apples

X red apples 100 apples

10) Use the units in the previous problem to create a formula for working with percents.

The part goes over the whole.

Part Whole

11) Use your formula to answer the following question: 150 out of 720 students at Cary Academy have been in the All About Animals club. What percent

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150 out of 720 students at Cary Academy have been in the All About Animals club. What percent of students, rounded to the nearest whole, have been in the All About Animals club?

150 AAAC students 720 students X720=15,000 720 720 X= 21%

X AAAC students 100 students

12) Make up a word problem that can be solved with your formula and apply the formula to your word problem.

20 out of 50 girls have brown hair what percent of the girls have brown hair? 20 brown X brown 50 girls 100 girls X50=2,000 50 50 X=40%

Follow Up: 1. Watch the video "Percent Proportion": http://discovery.caryacademy.org/castreams/2011/01/percent-proportion/ 13 min 2. Practice: http://www.ixl.com/math/grade-8/find-what-percent-one-number-is-of-anotherword-problems (In One Note under Percent Proportion create a page called IXL Practice. Complete 8 problems showing all steps in One Note and take a screenshot of the last problem and paste it into the same page in One Note.) 3. Watch the video "Percent of Change": http://discovery.caryacademy.org/castreams/2011/03/percent-change/ 11 min 4. Practice: http://www.khanacademy.org/math/arithmetic/percents/e/percentage_word_problems_1 (In One Note under Percent of Change create a page called Khan Practice. Complete 8 problems showing all steps in One Note and take a screenshot of the last problem and paste it into the same page in One Note.)
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