If you take 50 percent of a number and get 5, then what is that number? In other words, you know that 50 percent of a number is 5 and you want to know what that initial number is.

To solve this problem you multiply 5 by 100 and then divide the total by 50 as follows: (5 x 100) / 50

When we put that into our calculator, we get the following answer:

**10**

Therefore, the answer to "5 is 50 percent of what number?" is 10, and you can also derive that 50 percent of 10 equals 5.

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