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John deposited $10,000 to open a new savings account that earned 4 percent annual interest, compounded quarterly. If there were no other transactions in the account, what was the amount of money in John's account 6 months after the account was opened? (A)$10,100
(8) $10,101 (e)$10,200
(D) $10,201 (E)$10,400

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16 Jul 2012, 12:54
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SI = (P*R*T) / 100
SI after 1st Quarter: (10,000*4*3/12) /100 = 100
Principal for 2nd Quarter = 10,000+ 101 = 10100
SI after 2nd Quarter: (10,101*4*3/12) /100 = 101
Amount after 2nd Quarter (6 months) = 10100 +101 = 10,201
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Re: John deposited $10,000 to open a new savings account that [#permalink] ### Show Tags 20 Jul 2012, 03:03 3 This post received KUDOS Expert's post 9 This post was BOOKMARKED SOLUTION John deposited$10,000 to open a new savings account that earned 4 percent annual interest, compounded quarterly. If there were no other transactions in the account, what was the amount of money in John's account 6 months after the account was opened?

(A) $10,100 (8)$10,101
(e) $10,200 (D)$10,201
(E) $10,400 Approach #1: 4 percent annual interest compounded quarterly --> 1% in 3 moths. For the first 3 moths interest was 1% of$10,000, so $100; For the next 3 moths interest was 1% of$10,000, plus 1% earned on previous interest of $100, so$100+$1=$101;

Total interest for 6 months was $100+$101=$201, hence balance after 6 months was$10,000+ $201=$10,201.

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If the interest were compounded every 6 moths instead of every 3 months (quarterly) then in 6 months the interest would be 4%/2=2% of $10,000, so$200. Now, since the interest is compounded quarterly then there would be interest earned on interest (very small amount) thus the actual interest should be a little bit more than $200, only answer choice D fits. Answer: D. Hope it's clear. _________________ Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 34509 Followers: 6298 Kudos [?]: 79943 [0], given: 10022 Re: John deposited$10,000 to open a new savings account that [#permalink]

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I am new to the forum, starting on GMAT studying. I saw the solutions, but we are not using the calculator on test day so I do not understand thanks
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Re: John deposited $10,000 to open a new savings account that [#permalink] ### Show Tags 18 Jul 2015, 21:16 Amount in John's A/c after 6 months = ($10,000 * 1%) + [($10,000 * 1%) * 1%] =$10,201. Ans (D).
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Re: John deposited $10,000 to open a new savings account that [#permalink] ### Show Tags 27 Jan 2016, 06:10 Bunuel wrote: Approach #1: 4 percent annual interest compounded quarterly --> 1% in 3 months. Although this is the method they are looking for, the question is poorly worded. By explicitly saying that 4% was earned, this implies that 4% was the effective rate, and not nominal. Would have been better to say "the account earned a nominal annual interest rate of 4%". No more confusion. Re: John deposited$10,000 to open a new savings account that   [#permalink] 27 Jan 2016, 06:10
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