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    I'm so lost and need help with this problem!

    Here's the question:

    Aisha’s first summer job
    requires her to travel downtown. She is
    interested in finding out how most
    people get to work each day, so she finds
    the results of an online survey.
    According to the survey below, what
    percent of the workers walk to work?


    Ok here is the info about how to reach the answer:

    Drive Alone- 7,862,918
    Carpool- 1,120,982
    Take public Transit-144,959
    Walk- 138,496
    Other means- 149,641
    Work At Home- 346,626

    I have no clue how to find the answer. Please help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyk View Post
    Here's the question:

    Aisha’s first summer job
    requires her to travel downtown. She is
    interested in finding out how most
    people get to work each day, so she finds
    the results of an online survey.
    According to the survey below, what
    percent of the workers walk to work?


    Ok here is the info about how to reach the answer:

    Drive Alone- 7,862,918
    Carpool- 1,120,982
    Take public Transit-144,959
    Walk- 138,496
    Other means- 149,641
    Work At Home- 346,626

    I have no clue how to find the answer. Please help.
    (number of people who walk to work / total number of people) x100
    Last edited by z1llch; June 28th 2008 at 06:26 AM. Reason: the brackets..
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    First, let's remember what "percent" means.
    When you look at, say, 66% (I'm pretty sure that that's not the right answer, I just picked it), that means, out of 100 people, you have 66 of them.
    Another way to look at percent is like a fraction. 66%=66/100
    100 is the total, and 66 is the number of people who walk.

    So, if percent is like a fraction, let's make a fraction.
    How many people are there in total?
    How many walk to work?
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    There are 9,736,622 people total, and 138,496 of them walk to work.
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    All right, that's the first step.
    The second is to make a fraction.
    We want the top to be the people we want (that is, the people who walk to work), and the bottom is everybody (that is, the total)
    Then, once you have a fraction, you turn it into a decimal number.
    An example: 7/20=.35
    The last step is to multiply by 100.
    7/20=.35=35%
    And that is it!
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    So the fraction would be what? 138,496 and 9,736,622? Or am I supposed to do something that reduces that so that it's blank and 100?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ladyk View Post
    So the fraction would be what? 138,496 and 9,736,622? Or am I supposed to do something that reduces that so that it's blank and 100?
    Read post #2.
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    Our stretchy friend is right, actually.
    And so was I, but I tried to explain too much.
    Get a calculator out.
    Type in 138,496 divided by 9,736,622, then multiply by 100.
    That is it.
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    I gotcha. I just wanted to be sure.

    Sooo, I got 001.4224200
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    Hold on, I'm getting my calculator out too! lol

    Yep.
    So, 1.42242% of people walk to work.
    And that's it!
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    That was easier than I thought. Thanks alot for both of y'alls help. Finding this forum was such a blessing.
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    It's a blessing for me too.
    I love helping people, and this is just the place to do it!

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    I just went thanks crazy.
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    OK, I'll stop posting in here, so I can help you in the other thread.
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