SAT Math 2.3 Numbers and Operations

SAT Math 2.3 Numbers and Operations. If Joaquin invests $500, how much will the investment be worth after 3 years?

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We’re so glad we talked Joaquin out of investing his money in that magic bean business he was so hot on.

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So he makes 8% interest on his investment each year…

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…which means that, at the end of each year, he has 108% of the amount he had a year earlier.

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There are two ways we can go from here. We can grind it out and just manually take 108%

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of that initial $500, and then do the same another two times…

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…or we can use our handy-dandy compounding interest formula.

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What is it?

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Amount earned after n years equals the initial amount times 1 plus the

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interest rate to the power of n…years.

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So…plugging in what we know…

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500 times the quantity 1 plus .08 to the third power…right third power

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since that’s how many years have gone by.

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Looks like our answer is C, since we get $629.86.

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Well…WE don’t get $629.86. It would be nice though.

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We could really use a five-year supply of magic beans…

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