At North Middle School, 53% of the students are girls. There are 927 students at the school. How many of the students are girls?

1 Answer
Jan 9, 2017

491 of the students are girls.


We can rewrite this problem as:

What is 53% of 927.

"Percent" or "%" means "out of 100" or "per 100", Therefore 53% can be written as #53/100#.

When dealing with percents the word "of" means "times" or "to multiply".

Finally, lets call the number we are looking for "g".

Putting this altogether we can write this equation and solve for #g# while keeping the equation balanced:

#g = 53/100 xx 927#

#g = 49131/100#

#g = 491#