The ability to find a percentage of a number is a handy skill that is useful in a wide variety of tasks, from finishing homework assignments to choosing reasonable sale prices at the store. Finding a percentage, in this instance, 6 percent, takes only a small amount of time and can be approached in a couple different ways.

Turn 6 percent into a number you can multiply. To do this, find the fractional equivalent of 6 percent. Since the fractional equivalent of any percentage is that number over 100, then 6 percent is really 6/100; that, in turn, can be reduced (by dividing) to 0.06.

Multiply 0.06 times the number from which you are seeking 6 percent. For example, if you want to find 6 percent of 100, that would be 0.06 times 100, or just 6. Another example: 6 percent of 75 is 0.06 times 75, or 4.5.

Consider an alternative approach if you are having difficulty. You can do the math in fractions, rather than decimals. For example, 6 percent of 100 using this alternative route would mean multiplying 100 by the fractional equivalent of 6 percent, or 6/100. This new fraction would read 600/100, which can be reduced, by dividing both sides by 100, to 6/1, or simply 6. Another example: 6 percent of 75 is 6/100 times 75, which is 450/100, or 4.5.

#### Tip

These instructions work for all percentages, not just 6 percent of a number. Finding 5 percent or 8 percent, for example, would require the same process.

#### Warning

If you are finding 6 percent of a number as part of a school assignment, your teacher may have taught a specific method for finding the answer. Refer to your notes to make sure you are using the right method.