### 1.3 Using Percent

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• Math Help

There are 3 things that you should notice about Example 2.

1. The parts of a circle graph always total 100%. In this case, you have

2. You should take statistics, like the ones in Example 2, as rough estimates. After all, how could anyone know how many dogs live in the United States?
3. The solution in Example 2 produced an estimate of 73 million dogs in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association puts the estimate at about 72 million. Try downloading the spreadsheet below. Change the estimate for the average number of dogs owned by households with 3 or more dogs to see if you can get a total that agrees with the AVMA.

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• Checkpoint Solution

This is a straightforward question. Even so, remembering to label each factor in the product with its units helps to see that the product is set up correctly.

There are about 95 million pet cats in the United States.

As you might imagine, sources disagree on this number. The American Veterinary Medical Association claims that 32.4% of households own cats, with an average ownership of 2.2 cats. This puts the AVMA's estimate for the total number of cats in the United States at about 83 million.

Unit Analysis Using Percent

When using unit analysis with percent, remember that a percent is a ratio that has the same units in the numerator and denominator. Because these "same units" cancel each other, we usually say that a percent has no units.

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