1. ## Percentage Question

How would I find the following percentage:

33 1/3% of what number is 26.6

and

66 2/3% of what number is 65.2

2. Originally Posted by YamahaR62002
How would I find the following percentage:

33 1/3% of what number is 26.6

and

66 2/3% of what number is 65.2

You need to use two concepts - 1)Writing percentages as decimals 2)Writing math sentences into algebraic sentences, or equations

33 1/3% = .3333... or 10/3 to be exact. So (10/3)x=65.2

That last part says that .3333 times some number, x, equals 65.2 which is the problem you want to solve, just put into an equation. Solve for x.

3. How would I proceed with equation?

4. Ok have a think.

Let $\displaystyle x$ be the number you need to find out (the original number)

We have 33 and 1/3 of that number equals 26.6. Let "that number" be x.

$\displaystyle \frac {33.3333}{100}x = 26.6$

Do you understand what I'm doing?

Now you finish it off and do it for the other one.

5. Originally Posted by YamahaR62002
How would I find the following percentage:

33 1/3% of what number is 26.6

and

66 2/3% of what number is 65.2

Hint: $\displaystyle 33\frac{1}{3}\% = \frac{1}{3}$.
So you're asked "$\displaystyle \frac{1}{3}$ of what number equals 26.6?"
Hint: $\displaystyle 66\frac{2}{3}\% = \frac{2}{3}$.
So you're asked "$\displaystyle \frac{2}{3}$ of what number equals 65.2?"