# percentages

Forgive me, its been a while since I was in school and needed to work out percentages.
There was a political race, 3 candidates. One got 908, one got 746, the other 234. What percentage did each get?

percent = candidates votes / total votes x 100

Total votes = 908 + 746 + 234 = 1888

Candidate 1: 908/1888 x 100 = 48%
Candidate 2: 746/1888 x 100 = 40%
Candidate 3: 234/1888 x 100 = 12%

(Note - I rounded all of the numbers to the nearest percent)

908 + 746 + 234 = 1888

Each candidate’s percentage is the number of votes they got, divided by the total, times 100.
For instance, candidate #1’s percentage is (908/1888)*100

Just in case this is a homework problem, I’ll leave the final steps to you.

thanks. Not homework, I wanted to know what percentage I got (12). Thanks for telling me how to figure it in the future.

In the fine tradition of SDMP nit picking…

Candidate 1: (908/1888) x 100 = 48%
Candidate 2: (746/1888) x 100 = 40%
Candidate 3: (234/1888) x 100 = 12%

More nitpickery. It’s not uncommon for a table of rounded percentages like this to fail to add up to 100% (for example if three candidates all got exactly one third of the total). It’s better to add a comment to this effect than to coerce the rounding.

Technically, A / B x C is equivalent to (A / B) x C, since the order of operations goes left-to-right in this case. But the ‘unnecessary’ parentheses are still a good idea in order to provide clarity.

I agree with both points, but issues like this have proved surprisingly controversial. It is indeed better to err on the side of clarity.

BigBertha must have been controversial, too.

What did you do (or not do) to get 7 out of 8 voters to choose someone else?

How do you know she did anything? Maybe they did something to get votes that she didn’t. If I remember correctly, this was BB’s first attempt at this sort of thing.