A jacket is on sale for 20% off the regular price. The sale price is $50. What is the regular price of the jacket?

2 Answers
Nov 29, 2016

The regular price is #$62.50#.


If the sale price is $50, and the sale is 20% off, that means the $50 represents the other 80% of the regular price—the part that you do pay. So then we ask ourselves, okay, $50 is 80 percent of... what? In math speak, that would be written as

#$50("is")80%("of")("regular price")#
#$50=80%" "times"           "r#

Solving this for #r#, we get


We remind ourselves that the "percentage" symbol is just a shorthand for "divide this number by 100." The equation becomes


So the regular price is $62.50.


A general formula can be used for any regular price #r#, any percent discount #p#, and any sale price #s#:

#"      "p% "off     of  reg.price  is    sale price"#
#(100-p)%times"       "r"        "="        "s#

As long as we know two of the three variables #{p, r, s}#, we can solve for the third one.

Nov 29, 2016

The regular price is $62.50
[One more explanation as mentioned below]


Since the Jacket was sold 20% less than its original price, it means suppose the regular price of jacket is $100 so its 20% less is $80, but it sold in $50


If suppose the jacket was sold in $80 in place of it regular price $100, so what will be regular price if the jacket sold for $50

since, suppose sale price is $ 80 against its regular price $100
therefore what regular price will be, if jacket sold in $50


Hence answer is $62.5