We're faced with a Reverse Percentage problem as soon as we are given the value of a number following either a percentage increase or a percentage decrease and we're asked to find what the number was, its initial value, before the increase (or decrease) took place.
Here's a typical reverse percentage question:
Due to high demand, a pair of shoes' price was increased by \(20\%\) and they now cost \(\$ \ 96\). How much did the shoes cost before their price was increased?
The example, above, is a typical reverse percentage increase question. Had the price of the pair of shoes been decreased by \(20\% \) it would have been a reverse percentage increase question.
In the following two tutorials we learn how to solve such problems. Watch them before trying to work through the questions further down.
In the following tutorial we work through an example in which we solve a reverse percentage increase problem.
In the following tutorial we work through an example in which we solve a reverse percentage decrease problem.
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