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You are given I ($210) and n (2), and therefore can solve for r. Sufficient. If you want to actually solve for this, you can do so, but there really is no need for it. Statement 2: $$(1 + \frac{r}{100})^2 > 1.15$$. This is a bit more tricky. The above formula can be rearranged to the following: $$1 + \frac{r}{100} > \sqrt{1.15}$$ Now assuming we don't have a calculator handy, you can mentally approximate this (erring on the side of being conservative) as: $$r > 7.5%$$ (It's actually less than this, but being conservative is fine) We can make this approximation safely because, simply put, if r > 0, than $$(1+r)^2 = 1 + 2r + r^2$$ will always be greater than $$(1 + 2r)$$. Since we need to know if r > 8%, this is insufficient. Manager Joined: 13 Aug 2009 Posts: 203 Schools: Sloan '14 (S) Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 105 [0], given: 16 Re: Tough GMAT Prep DS: please help [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Nov 2009, 21:11 Note that this is a YES/NO DS question. So finding the solution regardless of whether it is YES or NO is sufficient. Statement 1 We are given both the value of I and the value of n. That is two out of the three variables in the formula given above. No further calculation is necessary. Again, because this is a YES/NO question, even if the value is less than 8 percent, you can still answer the question. SUFFICIENT Statement 2 Because the statement given is an inequality, we must solve the equation to determine whether it is sufficient. If the r given in the statement is greater than a value less than 8%, then we don't if that specific value of r is greater than or less than 8%. (1+r/100)>(1.15)^(1/2) 1+r/100>1.07 r>.07 NOT SUFFICIENT ANSWER: A. Manager Joined: 18 Feb 2010 Posts: 174 Schools: ISB Followers: 8 Kudos [?]: 199 [1] , given: 0 compound interest [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Mar 2010, 00:09 1 This post received KUDOS if$1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains in the account along with any accrued interest, the dollar amount of interest, I, earned by deposit in the first n years is given by:

I = 1,000 ((1+r/100)^n -1)

where r percent is the annual interest rate paid by the bank. Is the annual interest rate paid by the bank > 8%?

1) the deposit earns a total of $210 in interest in the first 2 years. 2) (1+r/100)^2 > 1.15 _________________ CONSIDER AWARDING KUDOS IF MY POST HELPS !!! Manager Joined: 13 Dec 2009 Posts: 79 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 37 [3] , given: 20 Re: compound interest [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Mar 2010, 01:57 3 This post received KUDOS mustdoit wrote: if$1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains in the account along with any accrued interest, the dollar amount of interest, I, earned by deposit in the first n years is given by:

I = 1,000 ((1+r/100)^n -1)

where r percent is the annual interest rate paid by the bank. Is the annual interest rate paid by the bank > 8%?

1) the deposit earns a total of $210 in interest in the first 2 years. 2) (1+r/100)^2 > 1.15 In other words we're asked whether $$r>8$$. Stat. 1: the deposit earns a total of$210 in interest in the first 2 years.
I replaced the "I" and "n" with the numbers from stat. 1:
$$210=(1+\frac{r}{100})^{2-1}$$ - from this we can get "r" - sufficient.

Stat. 2: $$(1+\frac{r}{100})^2>1.15$$ $$=>$$ $$1+\frac{r}{100}>\sqrt{1.15}$$ $$=>$$
$$r>(\sqrt{1.15}-1)*100$$ $$=>$$ $$r>(\approx1.07-1)*100$$ $$=>$$ $$r>7$$ - not sufficient

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16 Mar 2010, 09:31
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Stat. 1: the deposit earns a total of $210 in interest in the first 2 years. I replaced the "I" and "n" with the numbers from stat. 1: $$210=(1+\frac{r}{100})^{2-1}$$ - from this we can get "r" - sufficient. [quote] Isn't in statement 1 we do not have principle on which this interest was calculated. How can we assume it will be 1 only? _________________ My debrief: done-and-dusted-730-q49-v40 Manager Joined: 13 Dec 2009 Posts: 79 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 37 [1] , given: 20 Re: compound interest [#permalink] ### Show Tags 16 Mar 2010, 09:57 1 This post received KUDOS sidhu4u wrote: Igor010 wrote: Stat. 1: the deposit earns a total of$210 in interest in the first 2 years.
I replaced the "I" and "n" with the numbers from stat. 1:
$$210=(1+\frac{r}{100})^{2-1}$$ - from this we can get "r" - sufficient.

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Isn't in statement 1 we do not have principle on which this interest was calculated. How can we assume it will be 1 only?

Sorry, don't understand your q. We have $$I=1000*(1+\frac{r}{100})^{n-1}$$ as given and statement 1 gives us some figures to use in this formula...
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if $1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains in the account along with any accrued interest, the dollar amount of interest, I, earned by deposit in the first n years is given by: I = 1,000 ((1+r/100)^n -1) where r percent is the annual interest rate paid by the bank. Is the annual interest rate paid by the bank > 8%? 1) the deposit earns a total of$210 in interest in the first 2 years.

2) (1+r/100)^2 > 1.15

A quick look suggests both statements are correct unless you calculate interest rate in each case. Since statement 1 one will give a concrete value of r no need to calculate it, it's sufficient. BUT statement 2 needs calculation of r since r>1 or r>2 etc. these types of answers are not sufficient. r > 7.2%, not sufficient.
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if $1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains in the account along with any accrued interest, the dollar amount of interest, I, earned by deposit in the first n years is given by: I = 1,000 ((1+r/100)^n -1) where r percent is the annual interest rate paid by the bank. Is the annual interest rate paid by the bank > 8%? 1) the deposit earns a total of$210 in interest in the first 2 years.

2) (1+r/100)^2 > 1.15

In other words we're asked whether $$r>8$$.

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18 Jan 2012, 07:52
I calculated A too. But OA is given D.
In option 2 r>7.
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Re: If $1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains [#permalink] ### Show Tags 18 Jan 2012, 07:59 9 This post received KUDOS Expert's post 3 This post was BOOKMARKED Baten80 wrote: I calculated A too. But OA is given D. In option 2 r>7. Help please. Answer is A. Discussed here: annual-interest-104084.html If$1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains in the account along with any accumulated interest, the dollar amount of interest, I, earned by the deposit in the first n years is given by the formula I=1,000((1+r/100)^n-1), where r percent is the annual interest rate paid by the bank. Is the annual interest rate paid by the bank greater than 8 percent?

Given: $$I=1,000((1+\frac{r}{100})^n-1)$$. Question: is $$r>8$$.

(1) The deposit earns a total of $210 in interest in the first two years --> $$I=210$$ and $$n=2$$ --> $$210=1,000((1+\frac{r}{100})^2-1)$$ --> note that we are left with only one unknown in this equation, $$r$$, and we'll be able to solve for it and say whether it's more than 8, so even withput actual solving we can say that this statement is sufficient. (2) (1 + r/100 )^2 > 1.15 --> if $$r=8$$ then $$(1+\frac{r}{100})^2=(1+\frac{8}{100})^2=1.08^2\approx{1.16}>1.15$$ so, if $$r$$ is slightly less than 8 (for example 7.99999), $$(1+\frac{r}{100})^2$$ will still be more than 1.15. So, this statement is not sufficient to say whether $$r>8$$. Answer: A. This topics is locked, so in case of any question please post it here: annual-interest-104084.html Hope it helps. _________________ Re: If$1,000 is deposited in a certain bank account and remains   [#permalink] 18 Jan 2012, 07:59
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