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If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years. If Pat's parents invested $5,000 in a longterm bond that pays 8 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total amount of the investment 18 years later, when Pat is ready for college? (A) $20000 (B) $15000 (C) $12000 (D) $10000 (E) $9000
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Walkabout wrote: If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years. If Pat's parents invested $5,000 in a longterm bond that pays 8 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total amount of the investment 18 years later, when Pat is ready for college?
(A) $20000 (B) $15000 (C) $12000 (D) $10000 (E) $9000 Since investment doubles in 70/r years, then for r=8 it'll double in 70/8=~9 years (we are not asked about the exact amount so such an approximation will do). Thus in 18 years investment will double twice and become ($5,000*2)*2=$20,000 (after 9 years investment will become $5,000*2=$10,000 and in another 9 years it'll become $10,000*2=$20,000). Answer: A.
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It's very important to pay attention to the wordings as first I thought that the compound interest formula needs to be applied. Though I read the question again and got it correct Posted from my mobile device



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I think without the 1st sentence, we still can guess the answer easily.
$5,000 at 8%/year = $400/year > 10years interest will be $4,000, 20 years will be $8,000 Since the interest compounded annually in 18 years (very long period), the total value would be >$18,000 > eliminate B,C,D,E



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If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years. If Pat's parents invested $5,000 in a longterm bond that pays 8 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total amount of the investment 18 years later, when Pat is ready for college?(A) $20000 (B) $15000 (C) $12000 (D) $10000 (E) $9000 There has to be a logic to why they gave you "If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years." If r = 8%, the principal will double in 70/8 = apprx 9 years. So in 9 years, 5000 will become 10,000. In another 9 years (i.e. 18 years from now) principal will double again and become $20,000.
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5000 will multiply approx. 4 times = 5000 * 4 = 20000 Answer = A
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Hey all,
Just wondering what in the question made you realise you should solve this question via 5,000 x 2 x 2 rather than using the actual interest formula? i.e. P(1+r/n)^nt?
I used the formula then realised the calcs were too complicated.
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Hi ColdSushi, GMAT Quant questions (and the accompanying answer choices) are always carefully written. Sometimes they offer hints as to how you can use estimation to get to the correct answer. Here, the word 'approximate' in the prompt is essentially telling you to estimate an answer. With an interest rate of 8% and the given formula, you're meant to estimate that the investment will double in 70/8 = about 9 years. The question then asks for the total investment after 18 years. THAT number (18) is not an accident  it was specifically chosen so that you can take advantage of your estimation. Start = $5000 After 9 years = $10,000 After 18 years = $20,000 Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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EMPOWERgmatRichC wrote: Hi ColdSushi,
GMAT Quant questions (and the accompanying answer choices) are always carefully written. Sometimes they offer hints as to how you can use estimation to get to the correct answer.
Here, the word 'approximate' in the prompt is essentially telling you to estimate an answer. With an interest rate of 8% and the given formula, you're meant to estimate that the investment will double in 70/8 = about 9 years. The question then asks for the total investment after 18 years. THAT number (18) is not an accident  it was specifically chosen so that you can take advantage of your estimation.
Start = $5000 After 9 years = $10,000 After 18 years = $20,000
Rich Ah  ok thank you Rich. I def need to pay more attention to these hints. I find myself 6070% "there" in solving a question i.e. I'd know what the question is asking and the end point (as opposed to 1520% "there" when I first started studying for the GMAT) but get stuck because I'd miss an important word or picked a harder way to approach a problem. Hopefully things will get better with practice!



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ColdSushi wrote: Hey all,
Just wondering what in the question made you realise you should solve this question via 5,000 x 2 x 2 rather than using the actual interest formula? i.e. P(1+r/n)^nt?
I used the formula then realised the calcs were too complicated.
Thanks in advance for your help. Maybe because they said approximate and that they gave 70/r to help. Otherwise, goodluck computing a power of 18 without a calculator
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Hi All, This question has some similarities to "symbolism" questions (in which the prompt shows you a "made up" symbol, tells you what it means and asks you to do a simple calculation with it). The easiest way to tackle the question is to simply follow the instructions. We're told that r = percent interest. We're also told that an investment with DOUBLE in approximately 70/r years. We're told to invest $5,000 at 8 percent for 18 years. Plug in r = 8 70/8 is about 9 years, meaning our investment will DOUBLE in 9 years. In the first 9 years, $5,000 doubles to $10,0000 In the next 9 years, $10,000 doubles to $20,000 Final Answer: GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made, Rich
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Walkabout wrote: If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years. If Pat's parents invested $5,000 in a longterm bond that pays 8 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total amount of the investment 18 years later, when Pat is ready for college?
(A) $20000 (B) $15000 (C) $12000 (D) $10000 (E) $9000 Although this question appears as if we may have to do a lot of calculating, we actually do not. Focus on the first sentence of the question stem. We are given that if money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of investment will double in approximately 70/r years. We are then given that Pat’s parents invest $5,000 at 8 percent interest. It follows that the investment will double after 70/8 years, which is roughly 9 years. With an initial investment of $5,000, the investment will double to $10,000 in about 9 years. In another 9 years (a total of 18 years) the investment will double again to about $20,000. Answer A
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Bunuel wrote: Walkabout wrote: If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years. If Pat's parents invested $5,000 in a longterm bond that pays 8 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total amount of the investment 18 years later, when Pat is ready for college?
(A) $20000 (B) $15000 (C) $12000 (D) $10000 (E) $9000 Since investment doubles in 70/r years, then for r=8 it'll double in 70/8=~9 years (we are not asked about the exact amount so such an approximation will do). Thus in 18 years investment will double twice and become ($5,000*2)*2=$20,000 (after 9 years investment will become $5,000*2=$10,000 and in another 9 years it'll become $10,000*2=$20,000). Answer: A. Bunuel isnt the question asking to calculate the total sum (invested ammound +interest rate) like this \(x = 5000(1+0.08)^9\) where doest say that we need to calculate only amount ivested i am kinda condused



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dave13 wrote: Bunuel wrote: Walkabout wrote: If money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years. If Pat's parents invested $5,000 in a longterm bond that pays 8 percent interest, compounded annually, what will be the approximate total amount of the investment 18 years later, when Pat is ready for college?
(A) $20000 (B) $15000 (C) $12000 (D) $10000 (E) $9000 Since investment doubles in 70/r years, then for r=8 it'll double in 70/8=~9 years (we are not asked about the exact amount so such an approximation will do). Thus in 18 years investment will double twice and become ($5,000*2)*2=$20,000 (after 9 years investment will become $5,000*2=$10,000 and in another 9 years it'll become $10,000*2=$20,000). Answer: A. Bunuel isnt the question asking to calculate the total sum (invested ammound +interest rate) like this \(x = 5000(1+0.08)^9\) where doest say that we need to calculate only amount ivested i am kinda condused The question asks to find the approximate total amount of the investment in 18 years. So, (initial investment) + (interest earned in 18 years). If you use interests formula it's \(5000(1+0.08)^{18} \approx 19,980\). The question also gives a way to calculate this quicker by saying that " if money is invested at r percent interest, compounded annually, the amount of the investment will double in approximately 70/r years", which all the solutions above used to get the answer.
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