Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH104/December 2010/Question 01 (c)
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Question 01 (c) 

How many years will it take for $10 000 to grow to $12 000 if it is invested at 12% annual interest compounded quarterly? You may leave your answer in calculatorready form. 
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Hint 1 

"Quarterly" compounding means that the investment is compounded four times per year. 
Hint 2 

An investment with initial value compounded quarterly at interest rate (per year) will grow to a value of after a time in years. 
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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Using the discrete compound interest formula with 4 compounds per year, we know that where t is the time in years required for the $10 000 investment to grow to $12 000. We want to solve for t. Dividing both sides by $10000, Taking the logarithm of both sides and simplifying, Hence, the investment will take years to grow to $12000. A calculator would tell you that t is about 1.54 years. 