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Hello:

Here is my question:

$227.50 - (?% X $227.50) = $159.25

How would this be solved? If I subtract $227.50 from the right hand side of the equal sign, I get a negative number. If I subtract $159.50 from $227.50, there is nothing on the right hand side of the equal sign.

I thank you for your reply.

You're right, but you will also have a negative on the left hand side, so when you finish dividing, you'll have a positive number. If it makes more sense, subtract 159.50 from both sides, then add (?%x227.5) to both sides.

The way you want to do it:

$227.50 - (?% X $227.50) = $159.25

$227.50 - 227.5 - (?% X $227.50) = $159.25 - 227.5

-(?% X $227.50) = -68.25

-(?% X $227.50)/-227.5 = -68.25/-227.5

?% = .3, which is actually 3%

The way it might make more sense:

$227.50 - (?% X $227.50) + (?% X $227.50) = $159.25 + (?% X $227.50)

227.5 = $159.25 + (?% X $227.50)

227.5 - 159.25 = 159.25 -159.25 + (?% x 227.5)

68.25 = (?% x 227.5)

.3 = ?%

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