Bristol Community College, Mathematics with
Dan Avedikian, ACCUPLACER Review, Arithmetic problem 35. This is the Arithmetic ACCUPLACER
Review, Problem number 35 it says the price of a certain car is 2 ½ times what it was
in 1982. Today’s price is what percentage of the 1982 price? And we have 4 options.
All with the numbers 2 and 5 and a percentage. So if the price today is 100% of the 1982
price, it is the same price. For example, let’s say 1982 the car cost 10,000. 100%
of 10,000 is 10,000. So, .25 percent is a tiny fraction of the cost. Unfortunately cars
aren’t much cheaper than they were in 1982. Even 2 ½ percent of 10,000 dollars would
be just a, 250 dollars. It would be really cheap. It’s still too cheap. 25 percent
of 10,000 is a quarter of it. 2250 dollars. That would be nice if we could buy a car brand
new for 2500 dollars. It’s 250 percent. 200 percent would mean its double. It would
be 20,000. 250 percent would be 25,000. And that seems like it’s a reasonable, you know,
it’s consistent with what your common sense is telling you too. So the answer is option
D, 250 percent.