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How do you count the decimal place values in this problem..and WHY?17.5% of $227.00

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you do 277.00 X .175 = 

then subtract the answer from 277.00

you move the place values over 2 places when working with percents because they are fractions- 17.5/100 if you put that in your calculator you get .175 

There are 2 0's in 100 so you move it over 2 places.