To find a number from a given percent, the
following proportion can be used.

When given a percent of a number, substitute
the given values and cross multiply to find the
unknown value.

Two hundred students voted for Michael in the
student council election. Those students
represented 50% of the total votes cast. How
many total students voted in the
election?

Follow the steps to answer the question.

Let x represent the unknown.
In this problem, the unknown is the total
number of students who voted.

The word problem translates to
50% of x is
200.

Use the percent proportion.

Substitute the values.

Cross multiply.

Solve for x.

There were 400 students who voted in the
election.