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Percent increase and decrease

Percent increase and decrease

 

Here you will learn about percent increase and decrease, including how to increase and decrease a value by a given percentage, use decimals to calculate percent increase and percent decrease and find percent change.

 

Students will first learn about percent increase and decrease as part of ratios and proportions in the 7 th grade.

 

What is the percent increase and decrease?

 

Percent increase and decrease is the change in a value compared to its original value. They are expressed as percentages.

 

Percent increase means to increase (make bigger) a value by a certain amount. To do this, you can either calculate the given percentage of the value and then add it on to the original value or use a percent as a decimal.

 

For example,

 

Increase \$ 50 by 30 \%.

Add on the percentPercent as a decimal

\begin{aligned} & 10 \%=\$ 5 \\\\ & 20 \%=\$ 15 \\\\ & 30 \% = \$ 15 \end{aligned}

So \$50 increased by

30\% = \$ 50+\$ 15=\$ 65.

\begin{aligned} & 100 \%+30 \%=130 \% \\\\ & 130 \%=\frac{130}{100}=1.3 \\\\ & \$ 50 \times 1.3=\$ 65 \end{aligned}




Percent decrease means subtracting a given percentage of a value from the original value. To do this, you can either calculate the given percent of the value and then subtract it from the original or use a percent as a decimal.

 

For example,

 

Decrease \$ 20 by 20 \%.

Subtract the percentPercent as a decimal

\begin{aligned} & 10 \%=\$ 2 \\\\ & 20 \%=\$ 4 \end{aligned}

So \$20 decreased by

20\% = \$ 20-\$ 4=\$ 16.

\begin{aligned} & 100 \%-20 \%=80 \% \\\\ & 80 \%=\frac{80}{100}=0.8 \\\\ & \$ 20 \times 0.8=\$ 16 \end{aligned}

When given two values, you can calculate the percent difference or percentage change. When the value goes down this may also be called percent decrease, percent loss, or a markdown.

 

You can calculate percent change using the percentage change formula:

\text { Percent change }=\frac{\text { amount of change }}{\text { original }} \times 100

What is the percent increase and decrease?

What is the percent increase and decrease?

 

Common Core State Standards

 

How does this relate to 7 th grade math?

 

  • Grade 7: Ratios and Proportional Relationships (7.RP.3)
    Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.

 

How to increase or decrease a value by a percent

 

In order to increase or decrease a value by a given percent:

 

  1. Calculate the given percent of the value.
  2. Add or subtract the calculated percent to/from the original number.

 

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Percent increase and decrease examples

 

Example 1: increase value by a percent

 

Increase 500 by 50 \%.

 

  1. Calculate the given percent of the value.

 

You will first calculate 50 \% of 500.

 

You can calculate 10 \% (by dividing by 10 ) and then multiply by 5 to get to 50 \%.

 

10 \% of 500=50

 

50 \times 5=250

 

50 \% of 500 is 250.

 

Note: You can also calculate 50 \% of an amount by dividing it by 2 .

 

 

2Add or subtract the calculated percent to/from the original number.

 

Because you are calculating a percent increase, add 250 on to the original value of 500.

 

500+250=750

 

The final answer is 750.

 

500 increased by 50 \% is 750.

 

 

Example 2: decrease value by a percent

 

Decrease \$ 1,200 by 25 \%.

 

Calculate the given percent of the value.

 

Add or subtract the calculated percent to/from the original number.

 

 

Percent increase and decrease using a percent as a decimal

 

In order to increase a value by using a percent as a decimal:

 

  1. Add the percent you are increasing by and \textbf{100\%} .
  2. Convert the percent to a decimal.
  3. Multiply the original amount by the decimal.

 

 

In order to decrease a value by using a percent as a decimal:

 

  1. Subtract the percent you are decreasing from \textbf{100\%} .
  2. Convert the percent to a decimal.
  3. Multiply the original amount by the decimal.

 

 

Example 3: percent increase using a percent as decimal

 

Increase 2,200 \, ml by 20 \%.

 

Add the percent you are increasing by and \textbf{100\%} .

 

Convert the percent to a decimal.

 

Multiply the original amount by the decimal.

 

 

Example 4: percent decrease using a percent as decimal

 

Kendra had a car payment of \$ 430. When she purchased a new car, her car payment decreased 15 \%. How much is Kendra’s car payment now?

 

Subtract the percent you are decreasing from \textbf{100\%} .

 

Convert the percent to a decimal.

 

Multiply the original amount by the decimal.

 

 

Calculating percent increase and decrease

 

In order to calculate the percent increase or percent decrease after a percent change:

 

  1. Find the amount of change using subtraction.
  2. Plug numbers into the percent change formula.
    \text { Percentage change }=\cfrac{\text { Change }}{\text { Original }} \times 100
  3. Simplify the fraction, if necessary, using equivalent fractions.
  4. Convert the fraction to a decimal.
  5. Calculate percent change.

 

Example 5: percent decrease after a percent change

 

Karla weighed 67 \, kg in January. Over a period of time, her weight had decreased to 55 \, kg. Calculate the percent decrease in her weight.

 

Find the amount of change using subtraction.

 

Plug numbers into the percent change formula.

 

Simplify the fraction, if necessary, using equivalent fractions.

 

Convert the fraction to a decimal.

 

Calculate percent change.

 

Example 6: percent increase after a percent change

 

The cost of a cup of coffee has increased from \$ 2.75 to \$ 3.50. Find the percent increase in cost of a cup of coffee.

 

Find the amount of change using subtraction.

 

Plug numbers into the percent change formula.

 

Simplify the fraction, if necessary, using equivalent fractions.

 

Convert the fraction to a decimal.

 

Calculate percent change.

 

 

Teaching tips for percent increase and decrease

  • Microsoft Excel provides a way to calculate percent change. Students who possess Excel proficiency can further enhance their understanding of percent change by exploring this additional teaching aspect.

 

  • There are times when the figures used to calculate percent change can be large. To help them with calculating, students can use calculators or percentage change calculators.

 

Easy mistakes to make

  • Believing that percents cannot exceed \textbf{100\%}
    Percent increase or decrease can be greater than 100 \%. It simply means that the value has more than doubled (in case of an increase) or more than halved (in case of a decrease).

 

  • Incorrectly converting percentages to decimals
    The most common mistakes are with single digit percentages (for example, 7 \% ), multiples of 10 (for example, 50 \% ) and decimal percentages (for example 4.5 \% ). Remember to divide the percentage by 100 to find the decimal. For example,
    7 \%=0.07,\, 50 \%=0.5, \, 4.5 \%=0.045.

 

  • Using an incorrect value for the denominator in the percentage increase formula
    Use the new number instead of the original value for the denominator when calculating percent increase.

 

Percent increase and decrease practice questions

1. Increase \$ 450 by 25 \%.

\$ 112.50
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\$ 562.50
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\$ 90.00
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\$ 658.00
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First, calculate 25 \% of \$ 450.

 

\begin{aligned}& 10 \% \text { of } 450=45 \\\\ & 20 \% \text { of } 450=90 \\\\ & 25 \% \text { of } 450=112.5\end{aligned}

 

Because you are calculating a percent increase, add 112.5 on to the original value of 450.

 

450+112.5=562.5

 

Remember when representing money, there should be two decimal places.

 

The final answer is \$ 562.50.

2. Decrease 120 \, m by 60 \%.

72 \, m
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60 \, m
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48 \, m
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12 \, m
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First, you will need to calculate 60 \% of 120 \, m.

 

10 \% of 120 \, m = 12 \, m

 

12 \times 6=72

 

60 \% of 120 \, m = 72 \, m

 

Then you will subtract 72 \, m from the original value.

 

120-72=48 \mathrm{m}

 

A 60 \% decrease of 120 \, m is 48 \, m.

3. Use a percent as a decimal to increase 43 by   21 \%.

121.00
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52.03
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43.32
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56.47
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Add the percentage you are increasing by, 21 \%, and 100.

 

100+21 =121

 

Next, you will convert the percentage to a decimal by dividing.

 

121 \div 100=1.21

 

Then multiply the original amount by the decimal.

 

43 \times 1.21=52.03

 

43 increased by 21 \% is 52.03.

4. Use a percent as a decimal to decrease \$ 800 by 30 \%.

\$ 491.50
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\$ 240.00
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\$ 560.00
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\$ 506.00
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This is a 30 percent decrease so start by subtracting 30 \% from 100 \%.

 

100 \%-30 \%=70 \%

 

Next, to convert a percent to a decimal, you divide the percent by 100.

 

70 \div 100=0.70

 

70 \% = 0.70

 

Then, you will multiply the original number, \$ 800, by the decimal.

 

800 \times 0.70=\$ 560.00

 

\$ 800 decreased by 30 \% is \$ 560.00.

5. Find the percent increase when 300 \, ml is increased to 560 \, ml.

87 \%
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260 \%
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300 \%
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81 \%
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First, you will calculate the change from 300 \, ml to 560 \, ml.

 

560-300=260

 

The change is 260 \, ml, so you can now plug the numbers into the percent change formula.

 

\text { Percent change }=\cfrac{260}{300} \times 100

 

After simplifying the fraction to \cfrac{13}{15}, you would convert it to the decimal 0.87.

 

\begin{aligned}& 0.87 \times 100=87 \\\\ & \text { Percentage increase }=87 \%\end{aligned}

6. Find the percent decrease when 725 \, kg is decreased to 575 \, kg.

150 \%
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21 \%
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32 \%
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112 \%
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Start by finding the amount of change by subtracting the original number from the new number.

 

The value has changed from 725 \, kg to 575 \, kg.

 

725-575=150 \mathrm{~kg}

 

Next, plug numbers into the percent change formula. The change is 150 \, kg and the original amount is 725 \, kg.

 

\begin{aligned}& \text { Percent change }=\cfrac{\text { Change }}{\text { Original }} \times 100 \\\\ &\text { Percent change }=\cfrac{150}{725} \times 100\end{aligned}

 

If the fraction can be simplified, do that next.

 

\cfrac{150}{725} can be simplified to \cfrac{6}{29}.

 

\text { Percent change }=\cfrac{6}{29} \times 100

 

Then you will convert the fraction to a decimal.

 

\begin{aligned}& \cfrac{6}{29}=0.21 \\\\ & \text { Percent change }=0.21 \times 100\end{aligned}

 

Then you will calculate the percent change.

 

0.21 \times 100=21

 

\text { Percent change }=21 \%

 

The percent change is a 21 \% decrease.

 

Percent increase and decrease FAQs

Can percent increase or decrease be a negative number?

No, percent increase or decrease cannot be a negative value. The negative sign is used to indicate the direction of change (increase or decrease), but the percent itself is always a positive value.

How do I interpret a percent increase or decrease?

A positive percent increase indicates growth or expansion, while a percent decrease represents a reduction or contraction. For example, a 20 \% increase means the value has grown by 20 \%, whereas a 10 \% decrease means the value has decreased by 10 \%.

 

 

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