Compound Interest

Compound Interest

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Formula

One very important application of exponential functions is compound interest. Below is the formula:

A is the ending amount

P is the beginning amount (or "principal")

r is the interest rate (expressed as a decimal)

n is the number of times the loan is compounded in one year

t is the total number of years

*Note: The formula is set up this way because interest rates are generally reported as annual interest rates.

Example 1

You are investing \$1250 into an account that yields 3%, compounded monthly, and you plan to invest for a total of 3 years. How much money will you have at the end of the three years?

Step 1. Identify the variables.

A is the ending amount, this is what you are trying to determine.

P is the beginning amount, in this case \$1250.

r is the interest rate written in the form of a decimal, in this case 0.03.

t is the time in years, in this case 3 years.

n is the number of times compounded per year, in this case it is being compounded monthly and therefore n = 12.

Step 2. Substitute the variables into the formula.

Step 3. Calculate the formula, you may need a calculator.

Example 2

Suppose that you plan to need \$10,000 in thirty-six months' time when your child starts attending college. You want to invest in an instrument yielding 3.5% interest, compounded monthly. How much should you invest?

Step 1. Identify the variables.

A is the ending amount, in this case \$10,000.

P is the beginning amount, this is what we are trying to determine.

r is the interest rate written in the form of a decimal, in this case 0.035.

t is the time in years, in this case years.

n is the number of times compounded per year, in this case it is being compounded monthly and therefore n = 12.

Step 2. Substitute the variables in to the formula.

Step 3. Calculate the formula, you may need a calculator.

You need to invest about \$9004.62.

Example 3

Peter earned \$1500 last summer. If he deposited the money in a bank account that earns 5% interest compounded yearly, how much money will he have after five years?

Step 1. Identify the variables.

A is the ending amount, this is what we are trying to determine.

P is the beginning amount, in this case 1500.

r is the interest rate written in the form of a decimal, in this case 0.05.

t is the time in years, in this case 5 years.

n is the number of times compounded per year, in this case it is being compounded yearly and therefore n = 1.

*Note: Since n = 1, it will not effect the equation and can be eliminated from the formula. In this case the general form of an exponential function ( y = abx) is just as effective at solving the problem.

Step 2. Substitute the variables into the formula.

Step 3. Calculate the formula, you may need a calculator.

y = 1500 ยท (1.05)5 = \$1914.42

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Compound Interest

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Practice

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