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# All, I am trying to understand the explanation for couple of

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I am trying to understand the explanation for couple of questions in the "The official guide for GMAT review", 10thedition.

Question 125) If \$1 were invested at 8% interest compounded annually, the total value of the investment, at the end of 6years would be?

The answer says (1)(1.08)power6 = 1.08 to the power 6

Question 136)
0.05*10 to the power m-k = 5*10 to the power -2 *10 to the power m-k

I thought this should be 5*10 to the power 2 *10 to the power m-k (and not -2)

Sorry if it is a no brainer!

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19 Jul 2003, 19:17
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All,
I am trying to understand the explanation for couple of questions in the "The official guide for GMAT review", 10thedition.

Question 125) If \$1 were invested at 8% interest compounded annually, the total value of the investment, at the end of 6years would be?

The answer says (1)(1.08)power6 = 1.08 to the power 6

Question 136)
0.05*10 to the power m-k = 5*10 to the power -2 *10 to the power m-k

I thought this should be 5*10 to the power 2 *10 to the power m-k (and not -2)

Sorry if it is a no brainer!

#125)

This is how compound interest works. Here is a general example. Let's say you start off with X dollar and the interest rate is i%. After the first year, your have (X)(1 + i) dollars right? At the end of the second year, you get somemore interest, but the interest is applied to the new dollar amount that you have. So now at the end of 2 years, you have ((X)(1 + i)) times (1 +i ) or (X)(1+i)^2. At the end of 3 years, you have ((X)(1 + i)^2 )(1 + i) or (X)(1+i)^3. So you see, if you start with X dollars and you get interest of i% compounded annually, you will have (X)(1 + i)^N dollars at the end of N years.
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23 Jul 2003, 14:23
0.05=5*10^-2, right? Hence the negative sign.

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02 Nov 2011, 00:50
Can someone please explin how to solve this ?
The complete question is :

If \$1 were invested at 8 percent interest compounded annually, the total value of investement, in dollars at the end of 6 years would be
A) 1.8^6
B)1.08^6
C)6(1.08)
D)1+ 0.08^6
E)1+6(0.08)

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