# 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?

Mar 14, 2018

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

$0.17 \cdot n = 85$

$n = \frac{85}{0.17} = 500$

I hope this helps,
Steve