GCSE Maths – Reverse Percentages – Calculating The Cost Before The Discount #96

This video covers how to calculate the original value of an item after it’s increased or decreased by a certain percentage. For example if a pair of sunglasses has 20% off and now costs £56, what was the original price before the discount? We often call this topic reverse percentages.

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47 Replies to “GCSE Maths – Reverse Percentages – Calculating The Cost Before The Discount #96”

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  8. Question:
    The price of a mobile phone increases by 15%.
    The price of the mobile phone after the increase is $391
    What was the price of the mobile phone before the increase?

    The marking scheme says you only do 391÷1.15=340
    They never divided by 100 so I am confused

  9. This is so helpful. I literally don't understand a thing my math teacher taught me.😭

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  15. MR MINE says:

    This is wayy better than those big ass formulas

  16. PSA for anyone who conceptualizes these problems from a different angle here is a different way to get the same answers (of course the way in the vid is completely valid this is just an alternative).
    If you think of the percentages as pure decimals you can often cut a few steps. For example the first problem where the house is increased by 15% to £207,000. Your target is the original 100%. So you can do it in one step by taking £207,000/1.15=£180,000.
    Same method for example 2: 20% sale with new price at £72.00 (100% OG price the target again). So this time you’d take £72/0.80=£90.00.

    Only one that is a tad counterintuitive is the one where you are given the % and the change in price but neither original nor new total. In that case you take that price change (delta) and divide it by the % given in decimal form (sounds complex but really easy in practice). So for the example problem 5% increase=£42.50.
    Take £42.50/0.05=£850. Then finally since 850 is the OG price you’d add that £42.50 on top for the £892.50 new price. Lastly to drive the point home let’s say that problem was the same but it was a decrease/discount instead. Everything would be the same save the last step where you’d subtract the 42.5 from 850 in the end.

    Side note with any problem like this it’s easy to accidentally flip things around so a good practice is to mentally check yourself as you go by asking if the number you just got makes sense. Like if you multiply the first problem by 1.15 instead of dividing it. You end up with a number higher than the 207k you started with (which makes no sense lol).

    I doubt anyone will have read all that but if by some miracle you did and it helped lmk lol 😊

  17. MKZ says:

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  18. For the first question, you can do £207,000 / 1.15 to get £180,000.

  19. Nick Guest says:

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  20. Love your channel it has very effective explanations, obviously I understand more than school

  21. Pwarrow88 says:

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  22. Raxo says:

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  23. Luca Bezzina says:

    I understood it here more than in school !?

  24. harryhamac says:

    not a student but I found this very helpful. Thankyou.

  25. Daniel David says:

    Clearly and easily explained. Thank you, Sir!

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  27. vihaan says:

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  28. EZMonke says:

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  30. Chris-C-Ro says:

    ngl ur great u explain what a 80 minute lessson explains in like 10 mins

  31. Luke Meehan says:

    Thanks, needed a refresh.

  32. what if we know the original price and we need to use the percentage increase or decrease to solve the new price?

  33. 3:03 revising for a progress check in y9 set 1 rn lol they give us gcse papers, and why is a pair of sunglasses £72 lol thats a ripoff just saying

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  35. linda grace says:

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  36. i have a test tomorrow and this video really made it simple for me so lets just say it got me a few marks back

  37. Rhoya says:

    my teacher confused me as we'd use both diving by like 1.1 and I'm very confused still but this method is easier for me

  38. Tysm! this way is better

  39. Twendo says:

    Nice I was struggling in maths

  40. jerryy538 says:

    if it took 57 seconds to do something. now it takes 11 seconds to do that.

    to find the % of how much better it is. do i 57/11×100? =518% more efficient ?
    or is that wrong? sorry it's been a while since i did much math. appreciate any help.

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