# Would You Rather?

Would you rather......

Have $10 \%$ of $ £5$ or $75 \%$ of $80$p?

Be given $60 \%$ of $2$ pizzas or $26 \%$ of $5$ pizzas?

Be bitten by $15 \%$ of $120$ mosquitoes or $8 \%$ of $250$ mosquitoes?

Skip using a rope which is $54 \%$ of $105$cm long, or $88 \%$ of $2.75$m long?

Sit in a traffic jam for $33 \%$ of $2$ hours or $44 \%$ of $1$hr $40$mins?

Make sure you explain your reasons clearly.

Perhaps you'd like to make up some of your own questions like these and send them to us. If you go to the solutions page you'll see some that have come in to us for you to have a look at and think about.

It's hard to give hints to this problem but here are a few things to think about:

- Try estimating which you think will be the answer first
- Linking percentages to fractions often helps

Marion at Tattingstone School and Aditya, who is from Bristol Grammar, both calculated these percentages carefully and came to sensible conclusions!

- Have 10% of £5 or 75% of 80p. 10% of £5 is 50p:

10% of £5 = (10/100) * 500 = 5000/100 = 50

and 75% of 80p is 60p. I'd rather have the latter. - Have 60% of 2 pizzas or 26% of 5 pizzas. 60% of 2 is 1.2 and 26% of 5 is 1.3. Again, I'd rather have the latter.
- Get bitten by 15% of 120 mosquitoes or by 8% of 250 mosquitoes. 15% of 120 is 18 and 8% of 250 is 20. I'd prefer the first.
- Skip with a rope 54% of 105cm long or with one 88% of 2.75m long. 54% of 105cm is 56.7cm, and 88% of 2.75m is 2.42m = 242cm. I'd prefer using the longer rope.
- Get stuck in a traffic jam lasting 33% of 2 hours or 44% of 1 hr 40 mins. 33% of 120 minutes is 40 minutes, and 44% of 100 minutes is 44 minutes. I'd prefer neither!

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Would you rather have a 50% chance of seeing 10 aliens with bubble guns or an 80% chance of seeing 20 robots?

Would you rather have 78% of 100 companies or 44% of 250 companies?

Would you rather be given 44% of 10 companies or 18% of 100 companies?

Would you rather eat 13% of 22 pizzas or 12% of 27 pizzas?

Would you rather eat 50% of 468 cheeseburgers or 90% of 252 cheeseburgers?

Would you rather be given 80% of 5 doughnuts or 10% of 30 doughnuts?

Would you rather be given 50% of 2 packets of crisps or 95% of 1 packet of crisps?

Would you rather be given 90% of 3 candyfloss sticks or 60% of 9 candyfloss sticks?

Would you rather have 76% of 326 diamonds or 52% of 538 diamonds?

Would you rather have 20% of £5 or 40% of £10?

Thank you for these excellent suggestions.