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Hello:

One method to determine the answer to the following is to divide 228 by 95%:  95% X ? = 228

Answer: 240

95% is 100% less 5%.  Is there a calculation that can be used to determine the answer (240) by using 5% instead of 95%?

I thank you for your reply.

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Your equation is .95x =228 so x=228/.95. I don't understand what you mean by "using 5% instead of 95%". You can rewrite your equation as

x(1-.05)=228, but you are still going to end up dividing by .95 which is not the same as any computation using 5%.

Basically 228 is 95% of 240 but 240 is 5.26% more than 228 so never does 5% come in.

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