# Before noon today the shipping department at a factory has sent 36 boxes. This is 15 percent of the total number of boxes in a special order. How many boxes are there in this orders?

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Total no. of boxes in the special order

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Let total no. of boxes in special order be “x”.

No. of boxes sent

Given : No. of boxes sent in the spl order = 36#

Total no. of boxes in the special order

Boxes already sent

Boxes yet to be sent

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We can reword this question as:

36 is 15 percent of what?

"Percent" or "%" means "out of 100" or "per 100", Therefore 15% can be written as

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

Finally, lets call the number of boxes we are looking for "b".

Putting this altogether we can write this equation and solve for

There are a total of 240 boxes in this order.

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