Illustrative Mathematics Grade 7, Unit 4, Lesson 11: Percentage Contexts

Learning Targets:

  • I understand and can solve problems about commission, interest, markups, and discounts.

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Lesson 11: Percentage Contexts

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Illustrative Math Unit 7.4, Lesson 11 (printable worksheets)

Lesson 11 Summary

The following diagram shows how to solve problems about commission, interest, markups, and discounts.
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Lesson 11.1 Leaving a Tip

Which of these expressions represent a 15% tip on a $20 meal? Which represent the total bill?
15 · 20
20 + 0.15 · 20
1.15 · 20
15/100 · 20

Lesson 11.2 A Car Dealership

A car dealership pays a wholesale price of $12,000 to purchase a vehicle.

  1. The car dealership wants to make a 32% profit.
    a. By how much will they mark up the price of the vehicle?
    b. After the markup, what is the retail price of the vehicle?
  2. During a special sales event, the dealership offers a 10% discount off of the retail price. After the discount, how much will a customer pay for this vehicle?

Are you ready for more?

This car dealership pays the salesperson a bonus for selling the car equal to 6.5% of the sale price. How much commission did the salesperson lose when they decided to offer a 10% discount on the price of the car?

  • Show Answer

    6.5% of 15840 = 0.65 · 15840 = 1029.60
    6.5% of 14256 = .065 · 14256 = 926.64
    He lost 1029.60 - 926.64 = 102.96

Lesson 11.3 Commission at a Gym

  1. For each gym membership sold, the gym keeps $42 and the employee who sold it gets $8. What is the commission the employee earned as a percentage of the total cost of the gym membership?
  2. If an employee sells a family pass for $135, what is the amount of the commission they get to keep?

Lesson 11.4 Card Sort: Percentage Situations

Your teacher will give you a set of cards. Take turns with your partner matching a situation with a descriptor. For each match, explain your reasoning to your partner. If you disagree, work to reach an agreement.

Lesson 11 Practice Problems

  1. A car dealership pays $8,350 for a car. They mark up the price by 17.4% to get the retail price. What is the retail price of the car at this dealership?
  2. A store has a 20% off sale on pants. With this discount, the price of one pair of pants before tax is $15.20. What was the original price of the pants?
    A. $3.04
    B. $12.16
    C. $18.24
    D. $19.00
  3. Lin is shopping for a couch with her dad and hears him ask the salesperson, “How much is your commission?” The salesperson says that her commission is 5 1/2% of the selling price.
    a. How much commission will the salesperson earn by selling a couch for $495?
    b. How much money will the store get from the sale of the couch?
  4. A college student takes out a $7,500 loan from a bank. What will the balance of the loan be after one year (assuming the student has not made any payments yet):
    a. if the bank charges 3.8% interest each year?
    b. if the bank charges 5.3% interest each year?
  5. Match the situations with the equations.

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