# How do you find 40% of 5000 ?

Oct 20, 2015

40% of $5000$ is $2000$

#### Explanation:

40% of 5000 is 40/100 of 5000 is $\frac{40}{100} \cdot 5000 = 40 \cdot 50 = 2000$

Oct 20, 2015

2000
Detailed method given.

#### Explanation:

Percent is another way of writing a fraction. But for percent the denominator is fixed at 100. So 40% -> 40/100

The 'per' in percent means 'for each'.
The 'cent' in percent means '100'.

So 40% means that you have 40 for every 100 of something.

Thus from your question we have:

$\frac{40}{100} \times 5000$

$\frac{40}{100} \times 5000$ is the same as $40 \times \frac{5000}{100}$

A trick I sometimes use to calculate this type of thing in my head is:

$40 = 4 \times 10$
$50 = 5 \times 10$

so $\text{ } 40 \times 50 = 4 \times 5 \times 10 \times 10$

giving: $\text{ } 20 \times 100 = 2000$