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Chapter 13

Word Problems for Fractions, Decimals, and Percents

Word problems provide you an opportunity to apply your skills to real-world problems. The problems in this chapter are divided into three main sections. Additionally, the section that includes percent problems also includes some very common problems in percent increase and percent decrease. In this chapter, you wrestle with a variety of word problems that require you to calculate using fractions, decimals, and percents.

The Problems You’ll Work On

Here is a breakdown of the types of problems you solve in this chapter:

Applying your understanding of fractions to solve word problems

Solving word problems that involve decimals

Using word equations to solve percent word problems

Finding the answer to tricky percent increase and percent decrease problems

What to Watch Out For

The key to solving word problems is finding a way to set up each problem in a way that allows you to apply your skills at calculation. Here are a few tips to help you set up and solve the word problems you find in this chapter:

For simpler problems, ...

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