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    Which answer is right ?

    what is 25 plus 14 percent ? i asked this question on another board and they all told me the answer was 28.5 but i did it on my calculator and got 25.14 i also googled it and got the same number. So which answer is right ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxmac97 View Post
    what is 25 plus 14 percent ? i asked this question on another board and they all told me the answer was 28.5 but i did it on my calculator and got 25.14 i also googled it and got the same number. So which answer is right ?
    25 plus 14 percent of what?

    14 percent by itself isn't significant.

    If its 25 plus 14 percent of 25, then we have 25+.14(25)=25+3.5=28.5, which is the answer the other board gave you.

    I hope this clarifies things.

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    basically the problem is to take the number 25 and Then add 14% to it
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    Quote Originally Posted by maxmac97 View Post
    basically the problem is to take the number 25 and Then add 14% to it Still, the question is 14% of what? 25? It would make a lot of sense if you were to take 25 and then add 14% of 25 to it, just as I did in my first post.
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    If we answer directly at the problem, we have to add 14%, that is 14/100=0.14.

    If on the other hand the real problem is "25 is increased by 14%", it's more likely to be 14% of 25.
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    increasing any number by a percent

    to get 25 plus 100% would be 50, no brainer
    25 plus 50% would be 25/2 or 25 * .5 = 12.5 right then you would add it to the 25

    so the best or quickest calc is

    25 * 1.14 =
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeedla View Post
    to get 25 plus 100% would be 50, no brainer
    25 plus 50% would be 25/2 or 25 * .5 = 12.5 right then you would add it to the 25

    so the best or quickest calc is

    25 * 1.14 =

    Exactly what I would do. Adding 14% is the same as multiplying by 114, since at the end you will have 100% and 14%.

    To multiply by 114% use 1.14*25
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