Math Terms for Percentages

By Marija Kero

A percent really can be written as a fraction before it's converted into a percentage, so any words that indicate fractions would also be able to indicate percent. Find out about math terms for percentages with help from an experienced mathematics professional in this free video clip.

Transcript

Hi, my name is Marija, and today I'm gonna give you some math terms for percentages. So a percent really can be written as a fraction before it's converted into a percentage, so any words that indicate fractions would also be able to indicate percent. Per is the first word that usually indicates percent, and usually we're talking about something per a hundred, or out of 100, so if you ever see out of 100 that means that we're also talking about specifically a percent. If you ever see the word ratio, which indicates a fraction, that also can be converted into a percent. So per, out of 100, ratio, piece, these are all words that mean a portion, and therefor can be written as or converted into a percent. For example, if I say to you that there are four students per five that pass this test, I can take this ratio four out of five and I can make it into a percent by first converting the fraction into one that has 100 as the denominator, so that would be 80 over 100, and then I can make it into 80 percent. So really any word that indicates fraction can be written as a fraction and then converted into a percent.

About the Author

Marija Kero graduated from the Pforzheimer Honors College at Pace University with a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Adolescent Education.