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October 12th, 2010, 08:09 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2010 Posts: 5 Thanks: 0  Question: Percentage word problem..sort of
Ok, I know this is elementary but I'm having this discussion elsewhere and figure I would get a correct answer or more insight here. When doing a pullup with 202 lb added to my 201 lb body weight. Would that be doing a pullup with 100% or 200%? I can see arguments for both sides, how would this be presented in words. (202.4 + 201.6) / 201.6 x 100 = 200% (201.6/202.4) x 100 = 100% Currently, I'm saying it's 100% of my body weight. Referring to the amount of weight added. 
October 12th, 2010, 09:35 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 521 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Question: Percentage word problem..sort of
If you are referring to the amount of weight added, then it is approximately 100%. You could say, "I am pulling my weight plus 100% of my weight." However, if you are referring to the total percentage of your weight being pulled, it would be approximately 200%. You would then say, "I am pulling 200% of my weight." This is simply a consequence of 100% + 100% = 2(100%) = 200% 
October 13th, 2010, 11:23 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Oct 2010 Posts: 5 Thanks: 0  Re: Question: Percentage word problem..sort of
Thanks for the input. I've been going back and forth between the wording. 100 % pullup would be your own weight, when 90% would need to be weight assisted. Here's my video I'm figuring it out for. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NG7RphbQpJE 
October 13th, 2010, 10:22 PM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 521 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Question: Percentage word problem..sort of
WoW! That's quite a feat of strength! 
October 14th, 2010, 08:53 AM  #5 
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Thanks, Just trying to find a way to word it, causing the least amount of confusion. 
October 14th, 2010, 09:02 AM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,211 Thanks: 521 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: Question: Percentage word problem..sort of
If it were me, I would call it 200% of body weight, since "of" implies multiplication, not addition. Either way though, it is clear in your video what you've accomplished.

July 9th, 2011, 09:56 PM  #7 
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nevermind figured it out


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