# What is 10% of \$500? Whenever you're trying to find the percentage of a number, it may be easiest for you to first convert the percentage into a decimal. Of course you don't need to do this, but for many people this helps them understand the calculation and process the answer much more quickly.

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Whenever you're trying to find the percentage of a number, it may be easiest for you to first convert the percentage into a decimal. Of course you don't need to do this, but for many people this helps them understand the calculation and process the answer much more quickly.

To go from a percentage to a decimal, we simply look at the percentage as if it was out of 100%. So if you're looking for a 20% percentage, think of it as 20/100%, or simply 0.20.

In your question, we are looking for 10%. Similarly, that is equal exactly to 1/10, or 0.10.

Next, in order to find the percentage of a number, all we need to do is simply multiple the percentage (or decimal) by that number. Thus, in order to find what 10% of \$500 is, the calculation is as simple as this:

0.10 x 500 = \$50

Fifty dollars is your answer. Just so you can fully understand how to calculate these, let's do another more difficult example. For instance, what is 15% of 850?

0.15 x 850 = 127.50

Calculating the percentage of a number is a very important, yet basic math skill to have. It is essential in many different parts of life. I hope this has helped you understand how to calculate them.

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### Videos You are going to change 10% to a decimal which is .10 (move decimal place two places to the left) then multiply by 500.

So we get  .10x500 = 50.

Approved by eNotes Editorial Team To find 10% of a number, just move the decimal one place to the left.

10% of 123 is 12.3

or, multiply the number by the decimal equivalent.

10% is also written as .10

500 x .10 = 50.

20% is also written as .20

500 x .20 = 100

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