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### 1.3 Using Percent

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• Math Help

When working with percent increase, be sure that you keep track of whether the numerator is the "increase" or the "increased amount."

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The United States' gains in life expectancy is trailing most high-income countries that spend less on health care. The United States does not rank in the top 10 list of life expectancy by country.

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• Checkpoint Solution

Here is one way to describe the changes in life expectancy.

1. In 1900, a woman's life expectancy at birth was about 50 years. During the next 100 years, this rose by about 30 years, which was an increase of about 60%. The two major reasons for the increase are the discovery of antibiotics and the improved survival rates (for mothers and for babies) during child birth.
2. In 1900, a woman's life expectancy at birth was about 50 years. During the next 100 years, life expectancy rose to about 80 years --- or about 160% of the life expectancy in 1900. The two major reasons for the increase are the discovery of antibiotics and the improved survival rates (for mothers and for babies) during child birth.
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