To find a percentage of a number we can use a calculator.

However, not all calculators have a % button, so we need to know what to tap into the calculator in order to find our answer!

The easiest method is to find a **multiplier**. We do this by **dividing our percentage by 100**.

25% is the same as 0.25

2% is the same as 0.02

125% is the same as 1.25

Did you spot that all those percentages above had been divided by 100 to get the decimal to use as our multiplier?

__Example 1__

Use a calculator to find the following percentage:

32% of 420

**Answer 1**

First, find our multiplier by dividing the percentage by 100.

32 ÷ 100 = 0.32

On your calculator, type:

0.32 x 420 =** 134.4**

Another way to work it out would be to type:

32 x 420 = 13,440

13,440 ÷ 100 = **134.4**

__Example 2__

Use a calculator to find the following percentage:

144% of 250

**Answer 2**

Find the multiplier by dividing the percentage by 100.

144 ÷ 100 = 1.44

On your calculator, type:

1.44 x 250 =** 360**

Or you could type:

144 x 250 = 36,000

36,000 ÷ 100 =** 360**

As you can see, there is more than one way to find percentages using a calculator. If your calculator has a % button on it, you will be able to just type in the number followed by the percentage sign.

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