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28 Jul 2015, 08:36
Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
If a 5year construction project is structured to double the investment every succeeding year, approximately what percentage of the total cost was invested in the first year?
A. 12.5% B. 10% C. 8.25% D. 5% E. 3%
Let's say we invested $10 the first year. The second year it will be $20 more, third  $40 more, fourth  $80 more, and fifth  $160 more. Now, add them: 10+20+40+80+160 = 310. So, the original investment was \(\frac{10}{310}\) or \(\frac{1}{31}\) or about 3%.
Answer: E hi..! this question could be interpreted as follows also..? say first year we invested 10$ so 2nd year : 20 $ Now 3rd year we invest double the invested amount : so it could be 2*(10+20) = 60 $.i assumed it this way, solved it and then saw that there were no matching choices. So had to do it again in the above mentioned manner..



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31 Oct 2015, 18:51
I interpreted it as follows: if A is initial investment, then after 5 years, this will compound to A*2^5. i.e. doubling every year for 5 years. Then we have A/A*2^5 = 1/32 = 3.125% ~ = 3%



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17 Dec 2015, 09:44
I think this is a poorquality question and I agree with explanation. the question is ambiguous and it is difficult to understand what is asked.



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06 Aug 2016, 08:44
As the investment is doubled every year, if you want to get the initial amount you have to divide final by 2, and repeat 5 times
\(100 * 2^5\)
\(\frac{100}{2^5}\)
\(\frac{100}{32}\)
more or less 3%



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11 Aug 2016, 13:49
I think this is a poor quality question. The wording makes it sound as though every year it is providing a return of double the amount invested. Plus, "cost" and "investment" are used interchangeably. Good concept, bad wording.



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07 Feb 2017, 20:16
riyazgilani wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
If a 5year construction project is structured to double the investment every succeeding year, approximately what percentage of the total cost was invested in the first year?
A. 12.5% B. 10% C. 8.25% D. 5% E. 3%
Let's say we invested $10 the first year. The second year it will be $20 more, third  $40 more, fourth  $80 more, and fifth  $160 more. Now, add them: 10+20+40+80+160 = 310. So, the original investment was \(\frac{10}{310}\) or \(\frac{1}{31}\) or about 3%.
Answer: E hi..! this question could be interpreted as follows also..? say first year we invested 10$ so 2nd year : 20 $ Now 3rd year we invest double the invested amount : so it could be 2*(10+20) = 60 $.i assumed it this way, solved it and then saw that there were no matching choices. So had to do it again in the above mentioned manner.. Although I got this correct, I agree with this dude. It would be clearer if the question stated something along the lines of, "Over a 5 year period, if the amount invested in a construction project each year is double the previous year's amount, approximately what percentage of the total cost was invested in the first year?"



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16 Sep 2017, 05:23
I think this is a poorquality question and the explanation isn't clear enough, please elaborate. I am not sure if the terms such as, 'cost' & 'investment' are interchangeable.



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08 Feb 2018, 20:59
I think this is a poorquality question and I agree with explanation. The language used is difficult to understand.



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11 May 2018, 06:02
I got it right but awkward question. Is every year a "succeeding year"? :/



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06 Jun 2018, 02:39
I think this is a poorquality question and I agree with explanation. While the concept testing is nice, the question wording is very unclear.



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25 Jun 2018, 08:35
This is how I solved the question algebraically.
Let the initial investment in year 1 be X. We are told that the investment doubles every succeeding year for 5 years. This means:
1st year = x 2nd year = 2*X = 2x 3rd year = 2* (2x) = 4x 4th year = 2*4x = 8x 5th year = 2*8x = 16x
Sum up all the investments from year 1 to year 5. x + 2x + 4x + 8x + 16x = 31x The initial investment/ total investment = x/31x = 1/31 = ~3% Choice E



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31 Oct 2018, 15:51
I think this is a poorquality question. I think the concept tested here is good but the wording execution is poor.
I interpreted doubling the investment as doubling the TOTAL investment in the project, not the amount ADDED is double the previous amount (the problem statement doesn't indicate an incremental amount added, just that the investment is doubled).
My interpretation would have a year 1 total investment of $10 leading to a year 2 total investment of $20 and so on. I started with a total investment of $100 in year 5 and worked backwards to get a $6.125 year 1 value, which was approximately 5%, answer D.



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17 Nov 2018, 07:23
ajbrown99 wrote: I think this is a poor quality question. The wording makes it sound as though every year it is providing a return of double the amount invested. Plus, "cost" and "investment" are used interchangeably. Good concept, bad wording. 100% agree



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Totally Agreed that its a poor quality question. I have practiced almost 1500+ official quant questions and never seen such a single question. Didn't understand what the question is demanding, the use of the language is ambiguous. Hoping for improvement.
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