In this intro to percentages lesson, you'll get a chance to fully understand them before calculating and converting them.

### Comparing percentages

Let's imagine you're shopping for apple juice. You find two different kinds—one contains 20% real juice, while the other contains 50% real juice.

Do you know which bottle has **more** real juice? Since both bottles are the same size, we can simply compare the numbers to see which percentage is **larger**.

50 is larger than 20, so 50% is a larger percentage than 20%. The larger the number next to the percent sign, the larger the percentage.

What about these percentages?

7% and 17%

Which is larger? Again, we'll look to see which number is larger. 17 is larger than 7, so 17% is a larger percentage than 7%.

#### Comparing percentages with decimals

What if you had to compare two percentages like this?

5.4% and 5.5%

At first glance, it might be difficult to tell which percentage is larger. Remember, this is just another way of asking, "Which is larger, five and four-tenths of a percent or five and five-tenths of a percent?" Since the first number is the same for both fractions, we'll compare the numbers **to the right** of the decimal place.

5 is larger than 4, so 5.5% is larger than 5.4%.

What about these percentages?

5.55% and 5.56%

Again, since the first number is the same, we'll compare the numbers **to the right** of the decimal place.

56 is larger than 55, so 5.56% is larger than 5.55%.

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