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Part/Whole = Percent/100
The symbol used to show percent is “%” so 48 percent would be 48%. The “48” is the “part” and the “%” is the whole which means that 48% can also be shown as 48/100.
Converting Percentages to Decimals:
To convert a percentage to a decimal is probably the easiest problem to solve in math. All that is need is division. Looking at the percentage listed above, i.e., 48%, the 48 is divided by the number “100”. The “%” symbol used in percentage numbers always represents the number “100”. So to convert 48% to a decimal you would state the problem as: 48 ÷ 100 = 0.48.