Posted by joelyz on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:31pm.
how do you find the percent of how many students in the class for example there are 2000 students in a class and 20 percent of them speak french...how do i solve this problem?

percents  Saira, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:32pm
OKay SO it would be
2000 * .20 = 400 students
You take the percent divde by 100 so:
20/ 100= 0.2 and then times that by the whole number 
percents  DrBob222, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:32pm
I don't think you have asked the correct question. The answer to what you asked is 20% because the problem says that.

percents  joelyz, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:39pm
thanx Saira for the help. well drbob222 the question is: what is the number of students that speak french out of 2000. how do you know that the problem says that?

percents  Ms. Sue, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:47pm
Drbob is right. Your question starts out: "how do you find the percent of how many students . . ." As he said, the percent is given  20%.

percents  ~{_joelyz_}~, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:47pm
so if the number is 1000 students and the percent you need to divide by 20% then the answer would be...200.0.

percents  ~{_joelyz_}~, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:49pm
wat do you mean ms.sue?

percents  DrBob222, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:54pm
Normally I don't respond to questions like this but you need to understand how to ask a question. For example, your question would have been much clearer had you phrased it something like this.
"Twenty percent of a class of 2000 students speak French. How many students in the class speak French?" 
percents  ~{_joelyz_}~, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:55pm
well i meant how many students not the percent but a whole number like 4 or 6.

percents  ~{_joelyz_}~, Monday, February 9, 2009 at 9:59pm
good point dr.bob it would have been easyer to read thanx 4 your help!