# Convert Percents to Decimals

**Move the decimal point 2 places to the left and remove the "%" sign**

## Converting From Percent to Decimal

Percent means "per 100", so **50%** means 50 per 100,
or simply ^{50}/_{100}

When we divide 50 by 100 we get **0.5** (a decimal number).

So, to convert from percent to decimal: divide by 100, and remove the "%" sign.

## The Easy Way

The easy way to divide by 100 is to **move the decimal point 2 places to the left**, so:

From Percent | To Decimal |

move the decimal point 2 places to the left, and remove the "%" sign |

### Example: Convert 8.5% to decimal

Move the decimal point two places to the left: 8.5 → 0.85 → 0.085

(Note how we inserted an extra "0" as needed)

Answer **8.5% = 0.085**

### Example: Convert 250% to decimal

Move the decimal point two places to the left: 250. → 25. → 2.5

Answer **250% = 2.5**