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• ### $450 Tuition Credit & Official CAT Packs FREE December 15, 2018 December 15, 2018 10:00 PM PST 11:00 PM PST Get the complete Official GMAT Exam Pack collection worth$100 with the 3 Month Pack ($299) # Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account  new topic post reply Question banks Downloads My Bookmarks Reviews Important topics Author Message TAGS: ### Hide Tags Senior Manager Joined: 13 Jan 2012 Posts: 283 Weight: 170lbs GMAT 1: 740 Q48 V42 GMAT 2: 760 Q50 V42 WE: Analyst (Other) Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account [#permalink] ### Show Tags 15 Jan 2012, 22:49 12 00:00 Difficulty: 25% (medium) Question Stats: 75% (01:55) correct 25% (01:44) wrong based on 571 sessions ### HideShow timer Statistics Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account A earns 5 percent simple annual interest and account B earns 8 percent simple annual interest. If there were no other transactions in the two accounts, then the amount of interest that account B earned in the first year was how many dollars greater than the amount of interest that account A earned in the first year? (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A.
(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120. I must be an idiot, because the answer is C (both statements together are sufficient). Walk me through the formula? ##### Most Helpful Expert Reply Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 51218 Re: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B... [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Jan 2012, 03:33 6 7 vandygrad11 wrote: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account A earns 5 percent simple annual interest and account B earns 8 percent simple annual interest. If there were no other transactions in the two accounts, then the amount of interest that account B earned in the first year was how many dollars greater than the amount of interest that account A earned in the first year? (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A.
(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120. I must be an idiot, because the answer is C (both statements together are sufficient). Walk me through the formula? Let the amount Ann deposited into the accounts A and B be $$a$$ and $$b$$ respectively. Question: $$0.08b-0.05a=?$$ (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A --> $$b=a+200$$. Not sufficient.

(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120 --> $$0.05a+0.08b=120$$. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) We have two distinct, linear equations with two unknowns: $$b=a+200$$ and $$0.08b+0.05a=120$$, thus we can solve it and get the value of $$0.08b-0.05a$$ (so save time, as no need of actual solving). Sufficient. Answer: C. _________________ ##### General Discussion Manager Joined: 01 Nov 2010 Posts: 230 Location: India Concentration: Technology, Marketing GMAT Date: 08-27-2012 GPA: 3.8 WE: Marketing (Manufacturing) Re: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B... [#permalink] ### Show Tags Updated on: 16 Jan 2012, 03:43 2 Account A earns 5 percent simple annual interest (Ra) and account B earns 8 percent simple annual interest(Rb). Interest = (principal amount x rate x time in year) /100 interest calculated on A (Ia)= AxRaX1 /100 =0.05A interest calculated on B (Ib)= BxRbX1 /100 =0.08B form statement 1: (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A.
or, B-200 = A or, B-A = 200

putting B-A = 200 in above equation, we can get the interest in terms of A or B only.
so, we cannot find that how many dollars greater than the amount of interest that account A earned in the first year.

NOT SUFFICIENT

(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120. Ia+Ib = 120 or, 0.05A + 0.08B = 120 we don't know the value of A & B . hence, NOT Sufficient. On combining both statement: B-A = 200 & 0.05A + 0.08B = 120 here on solving, we can get individual value of A & B. and also the interest values. Hence, Sufficient. ANS IS C. HOPE IT WILL _________________ kudos me if you like my post. Attitude determine everything. all the best and God bless you. Originally posted by 321kumarsushant on 16 Jan 2012, 01:26. Last edited by 321kumarsushant on 16 Jan 2012, 03:43, edited 1 time in total. Math Expert Joined: 02 Sep 2009 Posts: 51218 Re: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B... [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 May 2013, 02:41 Bumping for review and further discussion. _________________ Intern Joined: 24 Apr 2013 Posts: 48 Schools: Duke '16 Re: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B... [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 May 2013, 14:28 Bunuel wrote: vandygrad11 wrote: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account A earns 5 percent simple annual interest and account B earns 8 percent simple annual interest. If there were no other transactions in the two accounts, then the amount of interest that account B earned in the first year was how many dollars greater than the amount of interest that account A earned in the first year? (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A.
(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120. I must be an idiot, because the answer is C (both statements together are sufficient). Walk me through the formula? Let the amount Ann deposited into the accounts A and B be $$a$$ and $$b$$ respectively. Question: $$0.08b-0.05a=?$$ (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A --> $$b=a+200$$. Not sufficient.

(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120 --> $$0.05a+0.08b=120$$. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) We have two distinct, linear equations with two unknowns: $$b=a+200$$ and $$0.08b+0.05a=120$$, thus we can solve it and get the value of $$0.08b-0.05a$$ (so save time, as no need of actual solving). Sufficient. Answer: C. Yeah i didnt bother to solve either i just saw it was solvable and went for C Math Revolution GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Aug 2015 Posts: 6639 GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V42 GPA: 3.82 Re: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account [#permalink] ### Show Tags 06 Dec 2015, 10:27 2 Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution. Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account A earns 5 percent simple annual interest and account B earns 8 percent simple annual interest. If there were no other transactions in the two accounts, then the amount of interest that account B earned in the first year was how many dollars greater than the amount of interest that account A earned in the first year? (1) Ann deposited$200 more in account B than in account A.
(2) The total amount of interest that the two accounts earned in the first year was $120. There are 3 variables (original money, interest rate, time period) in questions regarding compound and and simple accounts For this question above, the time period is told to be 1 year, and the interest rates are told to be 5% and 8% respectively, so we only need to know the original money, which means there are 2 variables (A,B) and 2 equations are given by the 2 conditions, so there is high chance (C) will become the answer. Looking at the conditions together, from B=A+200, A*5%+B*8%=120, we can derive an unique answer for the interests, so the conditions are sufficient and the answer becomes (C). For cases where we need 2 more equations, such as original conditions with “2 variables”, or “3 variables and 1 equation”, or “4 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 70% chance that C is the answer, while E has 25% chance. These two are the majority. In case of common mistake type 3,4, the answer may be from A, B or D but there is only 5% chance. Since C is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition (It saves us time). Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, D or E. _________________ MathRevolution: Finish GMAT Quant Section with 10 minutes to spare The one-and-only World’s First Variable Approach for DS and IVY Approach for PS with ease, speed and accuracy. "Only$99 for 3 month Online Course"
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Re: Ann deposited money into two new accounts, A and B. Account  [#permalink]

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07 Aug 2017, 04:24
My immediate reaction on this one was that you could solve with Statement one alone by

Difference in Interest Earned = Difference in Rate(Difference in Amount Invested) => .03(200) = \$6.00
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