A percent of a number can be found using multiplication.

Use the following tips to translate a percent problem to an equation.
- The "is" translates to an equal sign.
- Convert the percent to a decimal by moving the decimal point two spaces to the left and taking off the percent sign.
- The "of" translates to multiplication.
- Use a variable for an unknown value.

Translate the problem into an equation, and solve for the unknown value.

The "is" translates to an equal sign.

15% equals 0.15.

The "of" translates to multiplication.

A variable, *x*, is used for the unknown value.

15 | = | 0.15*x* |

15 ÷ 0.15 | = | 0.15*x* ÷ 0.15 |

100 | = | *x* |