Have questions about your preparation or an upcoming test? Need help modifying the Study Plan to meet your unique needs? No problem. Just book a Skype meeting with Brent to discuss these and any other questions you may have.

- Video Course
- Video Course Overview
- General GMAT Strategies - 7 videos (free)
- Data Sufficiency - 16 videos (free)
- Arithmetic - 38 videos
- Powers and Roots - 36 videos
- Algebra and Equation Solving - 73 videos
- Word Problems - 48 videos
- Geometry - 42 videos
- Integer Properties - 38 videos
- Statistics - 20 videos
- Counting - 27 videos
- Probability - 23 videos
- Analytical Writing Assessment - 5 videos (free)
- Reading Comprehension - 10 videos (free)
- Critical Reasoning - 38 videos
- Sentence Correction - 70 videos
- Integrated Reasoning - 17 videos

- Study Guide
- Blog
- Philosophy
- Office Hours
- Extras
- Prices

## Comment on

Simple Interest and Compound Interest## hi brent..

actually u said the principal interest formula was S.I = (principal*rate*time)

but u only explained that in the beatthegmat prblm S.I = principal*(1+rt).

which formula was correct??

## Sorry, can you please

Sorry, can you please indicate which Beat The GMAT question you're referring to. I checked the links above, and I can't tell which one you mean.

## sorry .. i misunderstood

t= time

p = principal

r= rate

## The formula A=P(1+rt)

The formula A=P(1+rt) computes the TOTAL VALUE of your investment after time t.

The formula S.I = principal*(1+rt) computes the TOTAL INTEREST time t, which you must add to the initial investment (P) to get the TOTAL VALUE.

## hi brent... for finding

C.I= P(1+r)^t. is that correct??

## That formula is for a

That formula is for a specific case where r = the annual interest rate and t = the number of years.

The formula shown in the video accounts for all possible compound interests (compounded monthly, biannually, etc).

## Hi Brent, do you think it is

## The latter method is much

The latter method is much easier, but there have been (on rare occasions) official GMAT questions that test your knowledge of the compound interest formula.

Here's one example: https://gmatclub.com/forum/if-1-were-invested-at-8-percent-interest-comp...

## Hi Brent!

I've been going through the questions and I am really stuck on questions like this one: "If $1 were invested at 8 percent interest compounded annually, the total value of investment, in dollars at the end of 6 years would be"

In this question, I put the number of compoundings as 6 in the formula, which obviously was wrong. I made the same error in two other questions as well. How do I identify number of compoundings? I consistently get confused between years and number of compoundings.

## Question link: https:/

Question link: https://gmatclub.com/forum/if-1-were-invested-at-8-percent-interest-comp...

There WILL be 6 compoundings in total.

There is 1 compounding per year, and there are 6 years, for a total of 6 compoundings.

In the formula featured in the above video,

c = the number of times the interest is compounded each year

n = the number of years the investment collects interest

So, for that question, c = 1 and n = 6

Does that help?

BTW, here's my full solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/if-1-were-invested-at-8-percent-interest-comp...

Cheers,

Brent

## Hi Brent,

My question is certainly stupid, but I can't see where the flaw is my reasoning.

In 2001, John invests x dollars in a special account that yields y% simple interest annually. If he has $250 in his account in 2006 and in 2008 he has $270 in his account, what is x + y?

(A) 5

(B) 25

(C) 200

(D) 205

(E) 210

Here is what I did:

1. 270-250=$20

2. $20=250*(y/100)*2(2 years)<=> 1=25*(y/100)<=> y=100/25=4

So y=4%

3. And from here, I=200*0,04*5 <=> I=40

I understand your answer perfectly, but I can't see where I am wrong.

Thanks

## The key concept here is that,

The key concept here is that, with simple interest, one's annual interest is based on the value of the INITIAL investment.

Example: In 1980, Joe invested $100 at simple interest rate of 10%. So, every year, Joe receives $10 interest (which is added to his initial investment).

40 years later (in 2020), Joe's balance is $500, HOWEVER he still receives only $10 interest each year.

The question tells us that the initial investment occurred in 2001.

In your solution, you're treating the 2006 balance of $250 as the initial investment.

## had to say that I was

https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-photography-dealer-ordered-60-model-x-cameras-to-be-sold-132077.html

My direction was like switching a lot and get nothing done at the end...

## Question link: https:/

Question link: https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-photography-dealer-ordered-60-model-x-camer...

This is one of the highest ranked questions (difficulty wise). So, you're certainly not alone.

Were you able to follow the solution(s) provided by experts in the thread?

## Yes, it's calculation

## Good stuff!

Good stuff!

## Even after going through the

https://gmatclub.com/forum/an-investor-opened-a-money-market-account-with-a-single-deposit-of-88552.html

## Here's my full solution:

Here's my full solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/an-investor-opened-a-money-market-account-wit...

## Thank you, Brent :)

It helps. Still, I hope not to see hard compound interest questions in the exam :(