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. :slight_smile:

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.