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# An investment compounds annually at an interest rate of 34.1% What is

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An investment compounds annually at an interest rate of 34.1% What is the smallest investment period by which time the investment will more than triple in value?

A. 4
B. 5
C. 6
D. 7
E. 8
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By the Compound Interest formula :

$$A = P(1 + r/100)^nt$$

It comes to (1.341)^n = 3 (since A = 3P, and t = 1)

On multiplying 1.341 further with itself, it can be seen that n = 4, so answer is A.
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15 Feb 2011, 08:24
Please correct me if I am wrong but it seems you need to workout the multiplication of 1.341 at least 3 times very quickly which seems rather daunting given the tight time constraints of the GMAT..

Is there a faster way of doing this?
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drifting wrote:
Please correct me if I am wrong but it seems you need to workout the multiplication of 1.341 at least 3 times very quickly which seems rather daunting given the tight time constraints of the GMAT..

Is there a faster way of doing this?

I agree; I divided the principal by 3 by considering approx 33.33% and rounded the value to greater nearest integer;

1st year: 34.1% interest is gotten back on 100: 100/3 = 33.33 approx $34: New principal becomes: Principal+Interest: 100+34=134 2nd year: 34.1% interest on 134; 134/3 = 45: Total: 134+45 = 179(new principal) 3rd year: 179/3 = 60: Total: 179+60 = 239 4th year: 239/3 = 80: Total: 239+80 = 319 > 3(100); end of 4 years, the return was already more than triple. _________________ Current Student Status: Up again. Joined: 31 Oct 2010 Posts: 534 Concentration: Strategy, Operations GMAT 1: 710 Q48 V40 GMAT 2: 740 Q49 V42 Followers: 22 Kudos [?]: 463 [0], given: 75 Re: An investment compounds annually at an interest rate of 34.1% What is [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Feb 2011, 05:38 subhashghosh wrote: By the Compound Interest formula : $$A = P(1 + r/100)^nt$$ It comes to (1.341)^n = 3 (since A = 3P, and t = 1) On multiplying 1.341 further with itself, it can be seen that n = 4, so answer is A. Thanks for the explanation! But what if this equation consists of a number larger than 3, say 300! Another question, Is the T in your formula really necessary? _________________ My GMAT debrief: http://gmatclub.com/forum/from-620-to-710-my-gmat-journey-114437.html Manager Joined: 17 Feb 2011 Posts: 194 Concentration: Real Estate, Finance Schools: MIT (Sloan) - Class of 2014 GMAT 1: 760 Q50 V44 Followers: 44 Kudos [?]: 730 [0], given: 70 Re: An investment compounds annually at an interest rate of 34.1% What is [#permalink] ### Show Tags 17 Feb 2011, 09:55 I liked this approach. This question is not difficult, but with this approach it can be done more quickly as well. fluke wrote: drifting wrote: Please correct me if I am wrong but it seems you need to workout the multiplication of 1.341 at least 3 times very quickly which seems rather daunting given the tight time constraints of the GMAT.. Is there a faster way of doing this? I agree; I divided the principal by 3 by considering approx 33.33% and rounded the value to greater nearest integer; 1 year: 100/3 = 33.33 approx$34: Total: 134
2nd year: 134/3 = 45: Total: 134+45 = 179
3rd year: 179/3 = 60: Total: 179+60 = 239
4th year: 239/3 = 80: Total: 239+80 = 319 > 3(100)

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01 Dec 2016, 19:25
100(1+0.341)^t = 301
(1.341)^t=3.01
t ln(1.341) = ln(3.01)
t = ~3.76

4 is closest to this choice.

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04 Dec 2016, 06:39
I used the approximation to 1/3 and I started with a capital of 10

1)10--13
2)13--17
3)17--23
4)23--30+

So answer is A. I reckon in these cases approximation and easy numbers are the only way
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