# Percentage Question

• Oct 2nd 2011, 02:50 PM
panasonic1988
Percentage Question
I have a question regarding percentages and I would really appreciate an input.

Lets say that 10 balls are distributed between A person and B person. Person A has 6 balls and person B has 4 balls.

From the aforementioned information we know that.

1. A has 50% more balls than B.

2. A has 2 more balls than B
(which i assume is equivalent to)
A has 2/10 or 20% more balls than B.

What assumption am I making wrong?

Moreover, lets say that I am watching a football match where club A has ball possession of 60% and club B ball possession of 40%.

What is the right thing to say? Club A has 20% more ball possession than Club B? or club A has 50% more possession than B? having in mind that

(A/B) - 1 = (3/2) - 1 = (1/2) = 50%

Thanks.
• Oct 2nd 2011, 03:18 PM
Re: Percentage Question
Quote:

Originally Posted by panasonic1988
I have a question regarding percentages and I would really appreciate an input.

Lets say that 10 balls are distributed between A person and B person. Person A has 6 balls and person B has 4 balls.

From the aforementioned information we know that.

1. A has 50% more balls than B.

2. A has 2 more balls than B
(which i assume is equivalent to)
A has 2/10 or 20% more balls than B.

What assumption am I making wrong?

Moreover, lets say that I am watching a football match where club A has ball possession of 60% and club B ball possession of 40%.

What is the right thing to say? Club A has 20% more ball possession than Club B? or club A has 50% more possession than B? having in mind that

(A/B) - 1 = (3/2) - 1 = (1/2) = 50%

Thanks.

A has "20% of the total number of balls" more than B.
A has "50% of B's total" more than B.
A has 2 balls more than B.

All the above are correct as such.

For the second example, again the figures need to be qualified
depending on whether you are referring to the total ball possession
or the ball possession of club B.