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An amount is deposited into an account accruing interest annually at a fixed percentage rate. It is valued at $900 in the third year (after interest has compounded twice), and$1080 in the fourth year (after interest has compounded three times). What is the original amount?

A. 520
B. 540
C. 600
D. 625
E. 650
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correct me if i am wrong

R= 6/5

Now , 900 = P (1+x/100)^3

900 = P {6/5 *6/5 *6/5}

P = 521
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correct me if i am wrong

R= 6/5

Now , 900 = P (1+x/100)^3

900 = P {6/5 *6/5 *6/5}

P = 521

Yup wrong approach.

if R is interest rate and P is original amount then from question :

$$900 = P (1+R/100)^2$$
and
$$1080 = P (1+R/100)^3$$

=> $$1080/900 = 1+R/100$$
=> $$R = 20%$$

Substituting R in any one of the equations, you can obtain P. eg

$$900 = P (1+0.2)^2$$
=> $$P =625$$

Ans D it is.

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$900 in the third year t= 3 year .....why have you taken t= 2 years Director Status: Done with formalities.. and back.. Joined: 15 Sep 2012 Posts: 640 Location: India Concentration: Strategy, General Management Schools: Olin - Wash U - Class of 2015 WE: Information Technology (Computer Software) Re: An amount is deposited into an account [#permalink] ### Show Tags 27 Oct 2012, 01:44 1 This post received KUDOS 1 This post was BOOKMARKED Archit143 wrote:$900 in the third year

t= 3 year .....why have you taken t= 2 years

Question says in 3rd year, not after 3rd year. In 3rd year interest would have been compounded twice.
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19 Jan 2014, 01:42
Vips0000 wrote:
Archit143 wrote:
correct me if i am wrong

R= 6/5

Now , 900 = P (1+x/100)^3

900 = P {6/5 *6/5 *6/5}

P = 521

Yup wrong approach.

if R is interest rate and P is original amount then from question :

$$900 = P (1+R/100)^2$$
and
$$1080 = P (1+R/100)^3$$

=> $$1080/900 = 1+R/100$$
=> $$R = 20%$$

Substituting R in any one of the equations, you can obtain P. eg

$$900 = P (1+0.2)^2$$
=> $$P =625$$

Ans D it is.

Hope it helps.

Am I missing anything ?
Compound interest formula is -> p(1+r/n)^(nt)
where t is time in years , r is the rate in decimal and n is the number of times interest is compounded in a year

based on this formula -> equation should be ->900 = p(1+r/2)^2
and ->1080 = p(1+r/3)^3

if these are the correct equations, how do we solve these 2 to get the correct value of P?
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Interest rate: 1080/900 = 6/5 = 1.2

so you would have x * 1.2 * 1.2 = 900

900 / 1.2 = 750 (easy approach: 90/12 = 7.5) 2nd year
750 / 1.2 = 625 (same as above, make it easy: 75/12 = 6.25) 1st year.

Hence D!
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22 Jan 2014, 02:51
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Interest rate: 1080/900 = 6/5 = 1.2

so you would have x * 1.2 * 1.2 = 900

900 / 1.2 = 750 (easy approach: 90/12 = 7.5) 2nd year
750 / 1.2 = 625 (same as above, make it easy: 75/12 = 6.25) 1st year.

Hence D!

Sorry couldn't get you, can you elaborate?

Bunuel can you have a look at this? I believe vips0000 has some things missing in the equation,Thank you.
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stne wrote:
Vips0000 wrote:
Archit143 wrote:
An amount is deposited into an account accruing interest annually at a fixed percentage rate. It is valued at $900 in the third year (after interest has compounded twice), and$1080 in the fourth year (after interest has compounded three times). What is the original amount?

A. 520
B. 540
C. 600
D. 625
E. 650

correct me if i am wrong

R= 6/5

Now , 900 = P (1+x/100)^3

900 = P {6/5 *6/5 *6/5}

P = 521

Yup wrong approach.

if R is interest rate and P is original amount then from question :

$$900 = P (1+R/100)^2$$
and
$$1080 = P (1+R/100)^3$$

=> $$1080/900 = 1+R/100$$
=> $$R = 20%$$

Substituting R in any one of the equations, you can obtain P. eg

$$900 = P (1+0.2)^2$$
=> $$P =625$$

Ans D it is.

Hope it helps.

Am I missing anything ?
Compound interest formula is -> p(1+r/n)^(nt)
where t is time in years , r is the rate in decimal and n is the number of times interest is compounded in a year

based on this formula -> equation should be ->900 = p(1+r/2)^2
and ->1080 = p(1+r/3)^3

if these are the correct equations, how do we solve these 2 to get the correct value of P?

The interest is compounded once a year. Why are you divide r by 2 and 3?

Vips0000 solution is 100% correct.

After interest has compounded twice the amount is 900: $$p(1+\frac{r}{100})^2=900$$.

After interest has compounded thrice the amount is 1,080: $$p(1+\frac{r}{100})^3=1,080$$.

Divide the second equation by the first one: $$1+\frac{r}{100}=\frac{1,080}{900}$$ --> $$1+\frac{r}{100}=\frac{6}{5}$$ --> $$r=20$$.

Substitute the value of r in either equations above: $$p(1+\frac{20}{100})^2=900$$ --> $$p=625$$.

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote:
stne wrote:
Am I missing anything ?
Compound interest formula is -> p(1+r/n)^(nt)
where t is time in years , r is the rate in decimal and n is the number of times interest is compounded in a year

based on this formula -> equation should be ->900 = p(1+r/2)^2
and ->1080 = p(1+r/3)^3

if these are the correct equations, how do we solve these 2 to get the correct value of P?

The interest is compounded once a year. Why are you divide r by 2 and 3?

Vips0000 solution is 100% correct.

After interest has compounded twice the amount is 900: $$p(1+\frac{r}{100})^2=900$$.

After interest has compounded thrice the amount is 1,080: $$p(1+\frac{r}{100})^3=1,080$$.

Divide the second equation by the first one: $$1+\frac{r}{100}=\frac{1,080}{900}$$ --> $$1+\frac{r}{100}=\frac{6}{5}$$ --> $$r=20$$.

Substitute the value of r in either equations above: $$p(1+\frac{20}{100})^2=900$$ --> $$p=625$$.

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.

oh I see !
When it said in the third year after interest was compounded twice , I thought in the third year interest was compounded twice , but that is not so.In this question interest is compounded annually.

Yes its clear now, thank you.
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stne wrote:
unceldolan wrote:
Interest rate: 1080/900 = 6/5 = 1.2

so you would have x * 1.2 * 1.2 = 900

900 / 1.2 = 750 (easy approach: 90/12 = 7.5) 2nd year
750 / 1.2 = 625 (same as above, make it easy: 75/12 = 6.25) 1st year.

Hence D!

Sorry couldn't get you, can you elaborate?

Bunuel can you have a look at this? I believe vips0000 has some things missing in the equation,Thank you.

For interest problems you can either use the compound interest approach, as vips did, or my approach, repeating percentages.

First, you want to know the annual interest rate. As you yield 1080 in the 4th year and 900 in the third year, you have 900 * x = 1080. Hence 1080/900 = x = 1.2

This is our interest rate, our repeating percentage.

Thus, since we know that after the interest has compunded twice, the amount of the deposit is 900, we can say that

X (original amount) * 1.2 * 1.2 = 900.

You could compute and write 1.44x = 900 but in my opinion it is easier to divide 900 by 1.2 and the result by 1.2 again.

For my computing approach:

900/1.2 looks difficult at first. BUT you can simplify this by shifting the decimal point. E.g. 900/12 = something. still too difficult. Better: 90/12 = 7.5 But since you have shifted the decimal point in the numerator one to the left and the decimal point in the denominator one to the right you have to shift the decimal point in the result two to the right. hence 7.5 -> 75 -> 750.

Then you get x * 1.2 = 750 --> x = 750/1.2. Repeat the steps above and get X!

Hope it's clearer now!

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Please refer to the explanation by Vips0000 or Bunuel.

For the last part one may want to do the following. 1.44x =900. x - 900/1.44. Now take square root from both sides hence 30/1.2=25. Nos sqrt (x) = 25, so x must equal 625. Therefore D is the correct answer choice

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Amount in third year = Amount at the end of second year = P(1+r)^2
Amount in the fourth year = Amount at the end of third year = P(1+r)^3

Given, P(1+r)^2 = 900
P(1+r)^3 = 1080

dividing second eq by first eq will give
(1+r) = 1080/900 = 1.2

From first eq, P = 900/(1+r)^2 = 900/1.44 = 625

Answer is D
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12 Aug 2014, 11:31
Hi,

It is hard to understand that why the rate is not divided by 2 in the third year and is not divided by 3 in the fourth year, while in the question it is said that the amount is compounded twice in the third year and compounded three times in the fourth year. So, according to the formula- for third year it should be p(1+r/2)^2 and for fourth year it should be p(1+r/3)^3. Kindly tell me where I went wrong.
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15 Sep 2015, 05:24
took me more than 2.5 minutes to solve this.is there a shorter way ?
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20 Sep 2016, 06:30
interest compounded in the fourth year is 180. 180 is 20% of 900. if interest is the same then at the beginning of third year, we had 900*5/6. then ad the beginning of second year, we had 900*5/6 * 5/6. and at the beginning of first year, 900*5*5*5/6*6*6.
let's split 900 into 3*3*10*10.
now..do some simplifications.
we get to 625
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