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On of my early jobs after service involved calculating percents of the whole for large strings of numbers using a small calculator. (I was a low paid worker but I worked 80-100 hours to make up for it. ('1946")
One of my co-workers watched me labor for a bit and said "want to see an easier way of doing that ? "YES" I REPLIED !
Divide 1 by the total of one of the strings of numbers developing a reciprocal
Enter the reciprocal into memory plus.
Enter each number in the string and hit equal for display of the percent.
When finished Add the percents to a total to be sure it adds to 100 %
Adjust the largest individual percent by usually not more than a one tenth.
Repeat for each individual string.
Can the calculation be done with any less key strokes ?
Laws are purchased-Justice with blood.
um, just divide one number by the other?
"My country is the world, and my religion is to do good." --Thomas Paine
It's interesting how today many would have no clue how to do math without a calculator or a computer isn't it ? Kind of like writing in cursive is disappearing, hell, writing in regular English is disappearing.
C what I mean ? I h8 that
I want to know what 37.5% of 28,632 is it would be simple enough to multiply it out by hand but it would also be one heck of a lot faster to use a calculator if you have one on hand. That being said, if I wanted the answer to that question and getting a calculator meant walking into my office from the kitchen when I had pencil and paper on the counter I sure as hell wouldn't go get the calculator.
"No free government, or the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; and by a frequent recurrence to fundamental principles."
-- Patrick Henry