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Solving Problems Using Percent

written by: Donna Ventura • edited by: Tricia Goss • updated: 8/26/2014

Students will solve problems finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

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    Lesson Objective

    Solving Problems Using Percent The lesson is aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics – 6.RP.3.c Ratios and Proportional Relationships – Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100; solve problems involving finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

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    Lesson Procedure

    Find a percent of a quantity as a rate per 100.

    There are 4 red cars in the parking lot.

    There are a total of 20 cars in the parking lot.

    • A ratio can be written to show how the number of red cars relates to the total number of cars. The ratio can be written as 4 to 20 or 4 : 20 or 4/20.
    • A percent can be written to show how many cars are red for every 100 cars.

    Complete the table to show the percent of red cars in the parking lot.

    Explain how you found your answer.

    What percent of the cars in the parking lot are red?

    Lesson Procedure 

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    Answers

    Answers 

    Multiply 20 x 5 = 100, so multiply 4 x 5 = 20.

    20% of the cars in the parking lot are red.

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    Individual or Group Work

    Solve problems involving finding the whole when given a part and the percent.

    Janet took a test in science and correctly answered 19 of the 25 questions.

    Janet took a test in spelling and correctly answered 18 of the 20 questions.

    1. Complete the table.

    Complete the Table 

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    2. On which test (science or spelling) did she do better?

    Janet took a test in history and correctly answered 21 of the questions and received a score of 84%.

    Janet took a test in mathematics. There were a total of 10 questions on the test and received a score of 90%.

    3. Complete the table.

    Complete the Table 

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    4. How many total questions were on the history test?
    5. How many questions did Janet correctly answer on the mathematics test?
    6. The ratio of correct answers to the total questions on the test is 85 to 100. There were a total of 20 questions on the test. How many questions were answered correctly?

    Solve problems using percent.

    A school library has 16,250 books.

    7. 40% of the books in the school library are realistic fiction books. How many books are realistic fiction?
    8. 20% of the books in the school library are science fiction books. How many books are science fiction?
    9. 30% of the books in the school library are reference books. How many books are reference books?
    10. 10% of the books in the school library are biographies. How many books are biographies?

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    Answers

    1. Complete the table.

    Complete the Table 

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    2. Spelling Test
    3. Complete the table.

    Complete the Table 

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    4. 25 questions
    5. 9 questions
    6. 17 questions were answered correctly
    7. 6,500 realistic fiction books
    8. 3,250 science fiction books
    9. 4,875 reference books
    10. 1,625 biographies

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    Concluding Statement

    Students should be able to solve problems finding the whole, given a part and the percent.

Ratios, Rates and Percentages

This series of lesson plans provides you with classroom teaching tool ideas as well as group or individual work example problems and answers you can use to help your students comprehend ratios, rates and percentages. The lessons align to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.
  1. Using the Language of Ratio
  2. Using the Language of Rate
  3. Using Ratio and Rate
  4. Solving Unit Rate Problems
  5. Solving Problems Using Percent
  6. Converting Measurement Units

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