
Common cases
% increase, % decrease, % amount 
Inclusive cases
Calculate from amount which is inclusive of % 
Compounding cases
Compound interest, depreciation etc.  Find the original amount
 Find the unknown
% increase
Example  What is $60 with 10% increase? 
Enter  60 + 10 % 
Result  66 
Other examples in this category:
 What is $60 increased by 10%?
 What is $60 with 10% added?
 What is $60 with 10% something*?
* where something can be tax, bonus, service charge etc.
% decrease
Example  What is $70 with 10% decrease? 
Enter  70 – 10 % 
Result  63 
Other examples in this category:
 What is $70 with 10% off?
 What is $70 with 10% discount?
 What is $70 decreased** by 10%?
** Other similar words are reduced, lowered, cut etc.
% amount
Example  What is 10% of $80? 
Enter  10 % × 80 
Result  8 
Tip 1: You can leave out × and enter 10 % 80
Tip 2: You can also enter 80 × 10 %
From the last example, the original amount is $80.
10% of that is $8.
If this 10% is a tax rate, then the amount inclusive of tax is $80 + $8 = $88.
Often only the inclusive amount ($88) and the tax rate are known and we are here to calculate the other amounts.
% amount
In the simple case, the formulation is:
Rate % × Amount
The inclusive case is very similar; we just need to indicate the amount is inclusive.
Rate % × Amount (inclusive)
is not easy to find. Let’s make it easier.
Hold down the button “i” until the menu appears and choose “Inclusive of %”.
Tip: The shortcut for
is nowEnter  10 % × 88 
Result  8 
You can also enter 10 % 88
or 88 × 10 %Original amount
One way to calculate the original amount is to use the formulation:
Amount (Inclusive) – Rate % = Original amount
You can think of it this way:
Amount inclusive of tax – tax = Original amount
Without further ado:
Enter  88  – 10 %
Result  80 
Compound interest is a popular example of this.
It occurs in savings account, loans, and more.
Let’s use a savings account with 10% annual interest as an example. The initial deposit is $2000.
This means, in year 1, our saving will be:
2000 + 10% = 2200
In year 2, 10% of $2200 (year 1 saving) is added:
(2000 + 10%) + 10%
In year 3, you can see 10% is compounded 3 times:
((2000 + 10%) + 10%) + 10%
So year 7 means 7 compounding — it gets tediously long.
Of course there is an easier way.
A new convention in Magic Number:
You can read this as:
$2000 with 10% interest over 3 years.
Or better still:
2000 with 10% increase over 3 times.
‘3 times’ is the compounding frequency. If the interest is 10% monthly and the period is 3 months, the compounding frequency is still the same, and so is the calculation.
The actual math is:
You can see the similarity:
Enter  2000 + 10%  3
Result  2662 
You can press Y or ^ for
We will use ^ to illustrate.
Compounded amount
This is the interest amount from our example. It’s very similar to calculating % amount.
Enter  10%^3 × 2000 
Result  662 
Depreciation
Similar to % decrease, but in a compounded way.
Example:
The car costs $9000. It loses 15% of its value each year. How much the car is worth after 4 years?
Enter  9000 – 15%^4 
Result  4698.056… 
Inclusive with compounding
Back to our savings account example.
The account’s balance, inclusive of 10% interest over 3 years is $2662. What is the initial deposit?
Enter  2662  – 10%^3
Result  2000 
The shortcut for inclusive is ⇧i. If you are planning to use it a lot, scroll back for this tip.
Annual rate, monthly compounding
Often banks provide an annual rate while the interest is being added monthly.
Our expression
2000 + 10% ^ 3
can be generalized as
Deposit + Annual rate % ^ compounding frequency
If the compounding is monthly, we need to use the monthly rate 10% ÷ 12. Compounding happens 12 times a year, and for 3 years the frequency will be 3 × 12 = 36.
Remember
For monthly compounding, use a monthly rate.
Likewise weekly compounding… weekly rate, etc.
Identify the compounding period, use a suitable rate.
You can learn more at Wikipedia.
Here’s an interesting way to find the original amount.
Let’s use x to represent the original amount.
Example  If x + 25% = 90. What is x ? 
Enter  ? + 25% = 90 
Result  ? = 72 
Example  If x – 20% = 96. What is x ? 
Enter  ? – 20% = 96 
Result  ? = 120 
Previously, we used ? to find the unknown original amount. ‘?’ is called ‘The Unknown’ — a bit like the unknown x in elementary algebra.
We can use it to find the unknown rates too.
Example  If 120 – x % = 96. What is x ? 
Enter  120 – ? % = 96 
Result  ? = 20 
This one involves % change:
Example  125 Δ% x = 20% 
Enter  125 Δ% ? = 20% 
Result  ? = 150 
You get Δ% by clicking F1 or F2. It is also under
Calculation > Extra Functions > Function Browser.
More details here.
You can use ? to solve other problems. Learn more