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# x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent. What

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Very easy question, you don't need options

Acc. to given statement,

y% of z= y/100*z

x%(y5 of z)=x/100*y/100*z

Now the entire thing is reduced by y%
When i say price of a product decreased by 5% we take the new price as (100-5)/100*old price

hence after y% decrease the expression simplifies to

(100-y)/100*(x/100*y/100*z)
=(100-y)*xyz/(10^6)
=(100xyz-100xy^2z)/10^6

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x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent . what is the result?

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100XYZ - XY^2Z/1,000,000

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23 Sep 2011, 04:15
I agree that you can get to answer directly, but many times the answers will be different ratio/multiple form of the answer, so you might need answer choices to work through. Also some times variables are too cluttery so some people with non-math background like me need numbers to work through.

x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent . what is the result?
let x = 10, y =20 and z =1000. (x percent of y percent of z = 10% 0f 20% of 1000 ; 10 % of (20% of 1000) ; 10% of 200 =20.

20 is decreased by y percent. that is 20 is decreased by 20%. so 20 - (20/100* 20) = 16 Now target answer is 16, plug in values .

A)100XYZ - XY^2Z/1,000,000

(100 *10*20*1000 - 10.(20^2)1000)/ 10^6

> (20,000,000 - 400,000,0) /10^6 = 16 (target). you may need to check other answers but in this case the numbers I have picked are so distinct that it wont give same answer. so answer is A.
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23 Sep 2011, 05:26
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x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent . what is the result?

$$\frac{x}{100}*\frac{y}{100}*z(1-\frac{y}{100})$$
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27 Jan 2012, 17:49
Sorry. I'm stuck because for me the right translation is

x/100 * y/100 * z = (1- y/100) or not ??

I'd resolve this question by math because is pretty straighforward than the strategy of target.

anyone can help me ??

Thanks a lot
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Sorry. I'm stuck because for me the right translation is

x/100 * y/100 * z = (1- y/100) or not ??

I'd resolve this question by math because is pretty straighforward than the strategy of target.

anyone can help me ??

Thanks a lot

It can be done by plug-in method though as you are doing with algebra I'll proceed with it.

x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent. What is the result?

Step by step:
1. $$y$$ percent of $$z$$ is $$\frac{y}{100}*z=\frac{yz}{100}$$;
2. $$x$$ percent of above value is $$\frac{x}{100}*\frac{yz}{100}=\frac{xyz}{10,000}$$;
3. The above value is decreased by $$y$$ percent: $$\frac{xyz}{10,000}*(1-\frac{y}{100})=\frac{xyz}{10,000}*(\frac{100-y}{100})=\frac{100xyz-xy^2z}{1,000,000}$$ (for example 100 is decreased by 10 percent can be expressed as $$100*(1-\frac{10}{100})=100*(1-0.1)=100*0.9=90$$).

Hope it's clear.
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For the % decrease formula we have: Original (1 - %decrease/100)= new

So: xyz/100 * (1 - y/100)..............I do not know why my head told me equals % decrease.......

generally is pretty simple for me this kind of problem.

Thanks Bunel
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x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent

Making the statement more mathematical friendly

x% of y% of z is decreased by y%

x% of (y% of z) is decreased by y%

$$(x% of \frac{yz}{100})$$ is decreased by y%

$$\frac{xyz}{100 * 100}$$ is decreased by y%

$$\frac{xyz}{100*100} - \frac{xy^2z}{100*100*100}$$

$$\frac{100xyz - xy^2z}{100*100*100}$$

Small Tip:

Number of times you see the % sign (2 zero's), those number of zero's in the denominator

$$a%b = \frac{ab}{10^2}$$

$$a%b%c = \frac{abc}{10000}$$

$$a%b%c%d = \frac{abcd}{10^6}$$

$$a%b%c%d......... n = \frac{abcd......n}{10^{(n-1)}}$$
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The OA of this question is very distinct. All the options are levelled with the denominator, so no further simplification required on the OA.

Once you know the trick as stated in earlier post, its quite obvious that answer = A (it has 10^6 in the denominator)

No calculation required!!
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Very easy question, you don't need options

Acc. to given statement,

y% of z= y/100*z

x%(y5 of z)=x/100*y/100*z

Now the entire thing is reduced by y%
When i say price of a product decreased by 5% we take the new price as (100-5)/100*old price

hence after y% decrease the expression simplifies to

(100-y)/100*(x/100*y/100*z)
=(100-y)*xyz/(10^6)
=(100xyz-100xy^2z)/10^6

You posted the incorrect oa

siddhans wrote:
Tried searching but couldnt find ....

x percent of y percent of z is decreased by y percent . what is the result?

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
100XYZ - XY^2Z/1,000,000

really a tough one. m stuck in it what is the result?? can you show it?
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