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Interest

Practise calculating simple interest and compound interest on investments and loans.

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This is level 1; Investments earning simple interest. Give your first nine answers to two decimal places. You can earn a trophy if you get at least 9 correct and you do this activity online.

Find the amount of interest earned if...

...£210 is invested at 2% pa simple interest for 10 years.

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...$180 is invested at 1% pa simple interest for 11 years.

$ Correct Wrong

...€864 is invested at 2% pa simple interest for 10 years.

Correct Wrong

Find the total amount available if ...

...£300 is invested at 2% pa simple interest for 6 years.

£ Correct Wrong

...$740 is invested at 4% pa simple interest for 18 years.

$ Correct Wrong

...€199 is invested at 4% pa simple interest for 13 years.

Correct Wrong

How many years would it take for ...

...£742.00 to be accrued after £700 is invested with 1% pa simple interest.

Years: Correct Wrong

...$9610.20 to be accrued after $8430 is invested with 2% pa simple interest.

Years: Correct Wrong

...€846.30 to be accrued after €546 is invested with 5% pa simple interest.

Years: Correct Wrong

What was the initial amount invested if...

...£171.20 is accrued after 7 years invested with 1% pa simple interest.

£ Correct Wrong

...$5373.20 is accrued after 11 years invested with 3% pa simple interest.

$ Correct Wrong

...€209.55 is accrued after 13 years invested with 5% pa simple interest.

Correct Wrong

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Percentages - Before starting the Interest exercise make sure you are confident finding percentages of quantities.

Level 1 - Investments earning simple interest

Level 2 - Investments earning compound interest

Level 3 - Loans accruing compound interest

Level 4 - Appreciation and depreciation

Level 5 - Interest calculated half-yearly, quarterly or monthly

Overdraft Charges - Do you understand how your bank charges you for taking out an overdraft?

Amortisation and Annuities - An exercises containing problems about gradually paying off loans and calculating pension plans.

Exam Style Questions - A collection of problems in the style of GCSE or IB/A-level exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).

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Simple Interest Formulas

$$\text{Interest earned} = P \times \frac{r}{100} \times n$$
$$\text{Final amount} = P + P \times \frac{r}{100} \times n$$

\(P\) is the principal, the amount originally invested.

\(r\) is the rate of interest expressed as a percentage.

\(n\) is the number of years the amount was invested for.

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