The number of lime flavored gumballs in the gumball machine is 85. If this is 17% of the number of gumballs in the machine, how many gumballs are in the machine?

1 Answer
Mar 14, 2018

Answer:

The total number of gumballs is 500.

Explanation:

Percent means per hundred.
Therefore, #17% = 17/100 = 0.17#

Let the total number of gumballs be n. Then

17% of n = 85 means that

#0.17*n = 85#

#n = 85/0.17 = 500#

I hope this helps,
Steve