What Is a Percentage Change?

What Is a Percentage Change?

A percentage change is the change from one value to another value, expressed as a percentage.

A Real Example of a Percentage Change

Imagine that a company sells 100 calculators in a week. The next week the company sells 120 calculators.

The percentage change from 100 to 120 is 20%.

How to Find a Percentage Change

100 to 120 is a percentage change of 20%. How do we know it is 20%?

  • The change from 100 to 120 is the difference between the numbers.

    120 − 100 = 20

    The change is 20.

  • The percentage change expresses the change (20) as a percentage of the original number (100).

    20 = 20% of 100

    The percentage change is 20%.

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Other Questions with a Percentage Change

In the example above, we found the percentage change from an old number to a new number.

You need to use percentage changes in other ways:

  • You need to be able to find the new number if you are told the old number and the percentage change.

    For example, if a $10 an hour wage increased by 20%, you would have to work out that the new wage would be $12 an hour.

  • You need to be able to find the old number if you are told the new number and the percentage change.

    For example, if there are 33 students in a class after a 10% increase, you would have to work out that there were originally 30 students in the class.

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