Note that you can reverse steps 1 and 2 and still come to the same solution. If you multiply 1 by 100 and then divide the result by 40, you will still come to 2.5!

1 / 40 = 2.5%

We encourage you to check out our introduction to percentage page for a little recap of what percentage is. You can also learn about fractions in our fractions section of the website. Some times, you may want to express a fraction in the form of a percentage, or vice-versa. This page will cover the former case. Luckily for us, this problem only requires a bit of multiplication and division. We recommend that you use a calculator, but solving these problems by hand or in your head is possibly too! Here's how we discovered that 1 / 40 = 2.5% :

**Step 1:**Divide 1 by 40 to get the number as a decimal. 1 / 40 = 0.03**Step 2:**Multiply 0.03 by 100. 0.03 times 100 = 2.5. That's all there is to it!

Fractions are commonly used in everyday life. If you are splitting a bill or trying to score a test, you will often describe the problem using fractions. Sometimes, you may want to express the fraction as a percentage.

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