What is 59/20 as a percent?

A fraction is one representation of a number that is only part of a whole. Another way to represent this is in percentages. In this guide, we will show you how to convert 59/20 into a percentage.

Solution: 59/20 as a percent is 295%

Methods

Method 1 – Converting 59/20 Into a Percentage:

First, let’s go over what a fraction represents. The number above the line is called the numerator, while the number below the line is called the denominator. The fraction shows how many portions of the number there are, in relation to how many would make up the whole. For instance, in the fraction 59/20, we could say that the value is 59 portions, out of a possible 20 portions to make up the whole.

For percentages, the difference is that we want to know how many portions there are if there are 100 portions possible. “Percent” means “per hundred”. For example, if we look at the percentage 25%, that means we have 25 portions of the possible 100 portions. Re-writing this in fraction form, we see 25/100.

The first step in converting a fraction to a percentage is to adjust the fraction so that the denominator is 100. To do this, you first divide 100 by the denominator:

10020=5\frac{100}{20} = 5

We can then adjust the whole fraction using this number, like so:

595205=295100\frac{59*5}{20*5} = \frac{295}{100}

Reading this as a fraction, we can say that we have 295 portions of a possible 100 portions.

Re-writing this as a percentage, we can see that 59/20 as a percentage is 295%

Method 2 – Converting 59/20 Into a Percentage Using Decimals:

Another way we can convert 59/20 into a percentage is to first convert 59/20 into a decimal. We can do this by simply dividing the numerator by the denominator:

5920=2.95\frac{59}{20} = 2.95

Once we have the answer, we can multiply the new decimal by 100 to get the percentage:

2.95 × 100 = 295

As you can see, we get the same answer as the first method and find that 59/20 as a percentage is 295%.

Now you know of two different ways to convert 59/20 into a percentage! While converting using a decimal takes fewer steps, you first need to master converting fractions into decimals. Try out both methods and see which one works best for you!

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