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# Converting percents to decimals: 59.2%

Decimals can be written in percent form. ​Per-cent means per-100. So, we multiply the decimal by 100 to get an equivalent percent. Then, we add a percent sign (%). For example, 0.8 can be converted to percent form by solving 0.8✕100. So, 0.8=80%. Another way to think of multiplying by 100 is moving the decimal two places to the right.   Created by Sal Khan.

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• What if you have to move the decimal places twice and the number is 5.67?
• Did you mean converting from decimals to percents, or from percents to decimals?
5.67 = 567%

But, 5.67% = 0.0567
• Is it the same when converting a decimal into a percent and a percent to a decimal? Thanks!
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• To convert a decimal to a percent move the decimal 2 places to the right.
examples
0.5 = 50%
1.25 = 125%
0.0166 = 1.66%
To convert a percent into a decimal just do the inverse, move the decimal 2 places to the left.
• so you just move the decimal point, right?
• to convert a percent into a decimal, you divide by 100. to convert a decimal to a percent, multiply by 100. Just move the decimal point for every 0. To divide, move the decimal point to the left for every zero. to multiply move the decimal point to the right. for example, 10 x 3.456= 34.56 and 345.6 divided by 10 is 34.56. hope that makes sense!
• How do you express one as a percent?
• it would just be 100% as you'd move the decimal over twice
• Hello everyone! I get mixed up when it comes to making percentages from decimals and fractions
• How do you know when to divide by 100?
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• A percent, by definition is a ratio (a fraction) with a denominator = 100.
Thus, any percent has a denominator of 100.
59.2% = 59.2/100
33% = 33/100
75% = 75/100
etc.
So, you can see, the division by 100 is based upon the definition of a percent. Any time you want to convert the percent to a decimal or a fraction, you are going to write in the denominator of 100 as your starting point. If you need a decimal, you will do the division. If you need a fraction, you will just simplify the fraction.

Hope this helps.
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• So to turn the decimal back into a decimal, you have to mulitiply it by a 100 right?
• I think you mean: To turn the PERCENT back into a decimal you multiply by 100. That would be correct.
• What is 45.9% as a decimal? Does that even work? HELP!
• You do the same steps as shown in the video. Percents are ratios with a denominator of 100.
45.9% = 45.9/100
Then, do the division. Divide by 100 to get 0.459 as the decimal result.