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Lesson 31 PERCENT INCREASE OR DECREASEIn the previous Lesson, we saw how to find what percent one number is of another. In particular, we saw how to solve problems that involve the expression out of. In this Lesson, we will emphasize a second type of word problem. In this Lesson, we will answer the following: 



Example 1. An "out of" problem. A team played 16 games and won 12. a) What fraction of their games did they win? b) What percent of their games did they win? Solution. First, the student should appreciate the similarity of those questions. a) The team won 12 "out of" 16 games:
We can always represent an "out of" problem by a proper fraction. 4 is a common divisor of 12 and 16. The fraction reduces to . b) As for the percent of games they won, = 75%. Example 2. A difference problem. Jimmy got a raise from $6.00 an hour to $8.00 an hour. This was a raise of what percent? Solution. The previous example was an out of problem. This one is a difference problem because something has changed  his salary. In an out of problem, nothing changes. To find what percent of a raise, we must first find how much of a raise. In this case, it was a raise of $2.00. His original salary was $6.00. The question is, "The difference is what percent of the original? $2.00 is what percent of $6.00? Now, $2 is a third of $6. And a third is 33%. (Lesson 16.) Jimmy's salary was increased by 33%. "Difference problem" is shorthand for "Percent increase or decrease." In a difference problem, we must answer this question:
Example 3. Sandra bought a stock for $30, and she sold it for $36. She made a profit of what percent? Solution. The difference  $6  is a fifth, or 20% of the original $30. Sandra made a profit of 20%. If, on the other hand, she had sold it for $24  which again is a difference of $6  then she would have lost 20%. Example 4. A cookbook was reduced from $24.50 to $17.95. This was a reduction of what percent? Solution. Again, this is a difference problem because something has changed  the price of the book. To find the difference with a calculator, press
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The original price was $24.50. Press
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On rounding off to one decimal digit, this is approximately 26.7%. The entire problem can be done at once by pressing
"The difference divided by the original." Example 5. Sarah earns $1800 a month and pays $430 for rent. What percent of her income goes for rent? Solution. Is this a difference problem or an out of problem? Do we subtract or not? This is an out of problem because nothing has changed. There has been no increase or decrease in her rent. The problem means that Sarah pays $430 out of $1800 for rent. With a calculator, press
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On rounding off to one decimal digit, this is approximately 23.9%. In an "out of" problem, divide the smaller number by the larger; the part by the whole . Example 6. Which of these is an out of problem, and which is a difference problem?
Answer. Problem 1 is an out of problem. For we could restate it: Janet pays $53 out of $400 in taxes. Problem 2 is a difference problem because something has changed: her salary. To find how much it has changed, we must subtract. (If we tried to restate Problem 2 using the expression "out of," it would make no sense.) Let us answer Problem 2: Janet's salary, in going from $400 to $440, increased by $40. The question is, $40 is what percent of the original $400? $40 is a tenth or 10% of $400. Her salary increased by 10%. Now, if her salary had gone from $400 to $360, then it would have decreased by $40. It would have decreased by the same 10%.
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