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Price of microchip - percentage [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 13:16
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The price of a microchip declines by 67 percent every 6 months. At this rate, approximately how many years will it take for the price of an $81 microchip to drop below $1?

A. 1.5
B. 2
C. 3
D. 13
E. 13.5
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Re: Price of microchip - percentage [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 19:36
As price of the chip declines by 67%, the new price of the chip after 6 months is 33% of the original price.
So price of chip after 6 months = 81/3
Price of chip after n number of 6 months = 81/(3^n)
given 1 = 81/(3^n)
81 = 3^n
n = 4
So number of years = 4*6/12 = 2
Answer is B
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Re: Price of microchip - percentage [#permalink] New post 28 Jul 2009, 19:41
Recognizing that 67% or .67 is close to .66666666 is the key here.
.666666 = 2/3

So once you realize that 67% is 2/3 the problem becomes simple and you will see that B is the answer.
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Re: Price of microchip - percentage [#permalink] New post 29 Jul 2009, 03:55
OA B

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sdrandom1, thank you for the tip. It is faster this way. :)
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