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4 Compound Interest Compound Interest Annuities Annuities Amortization and Sinking Funds Amortization and Sinking Funds Arithmetic and Geometric Progressions Arithmetic and Geometric Progressions Mathematics of Finance

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4.1 Compound Interest

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Simple Interest Formulas Simple interest is the interest that is computed on the original principal only. Simple interest is the interest that is computed on the original principal only. If I denotes the interest on a principal P (in dollars) at an interest rate of r per year for t years, then we have If I denotes the interest on a principal P (in dollars) at an interest rate of r per year for t years, then we have I = Prt The accumulated amount A, the sum of the principal and interest after t years is given by The accumulated amount A, the sum of the principal and interest after t years is given by A= P + I = P + Prt = P(1 + rt) and is a linear function of t.

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Example A bank pays simple interest at the rate of 8% per year for certain deposits. A bank pays simple interest at the rate of 8% per year for certain deposits. If a customer deposits $1000 and makes no withdrawals for 3 years, what is the total amount on deposit at the end of three years? If a customer deposits $1000 and makes no withdrawals for 3 years, what is the total amount on deposit at the end of three years? What is the interest earned in that period? What is the interest earned in that period?Solution Using the accumulated amount formula with P = 1000, r = 0.08, and t = 3, we see that the total amount on deposit at the end of 3 years is given by Using the accumulated amount formula with P = 1000, r = 0.08, and t = 3, we see that the total amount on deposit at the end of 3 years is given by or $1240.

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Example A bank pays simple interest at the rate of 8% per year for certain deposits. A bank pays simple interest at the rate of 8% per year for certain deposits. If a customer deposits $1000 and makes no withdrawals for 3 years, what is the total amount on deposit at the end of three years? If a customer deposits $1000 and makes no withdrawals for 3 years, what is the total amount on deposit at the end of three years? What is the interest earned in that period? What is the interest earned in that period?Solution The interest earned over the three year period is given by The interest earned over the three year period is given by or $240.

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Applied Example: Trust Funds An amount of $2000 is invested in a 10-year trust fund that pays 6% annual simple interest. An amount of $2000 is invested in a 10-year trust fund that pays 6% annual simple interest. What is the total amount of the trust fund at the end of 10 years? What is the total amount of the trust fund at the end of 10 years?Solution The total amount is given by The total amount is given by or $3200.

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Compound Interest Frequently, interest earned is periodically added to the principal and thereafter earns interest itself at the same rate. This is called compound interest. Frequently, interest earned is periodically added to the principal and thereafter earns interest itself at the same rate. This is called compound interest. Suppose $1000 (the principal) is deposited in a bank for a term of 3 years, earning interest at the rate of 8% per year compounded annually. Suppose $1000 (the principal) is deposited in a bank for a term of 3 years, earning interest at the rate of 8% per year compounded annually. Using the simple interest formula we see that the accumulated amount after the first year is Using the simple interest formula we see that the accumulated amount after the first year is or $1080.

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Compound Interest To find the accumulated amount A 2 at the end of the second year, we use the simple interest formula again, this time with P = A 1, obtaining: To find the accumulated amount A 2 at the end of the second year, we use the simple interest formula again, this time with P = A 1, obtaining: or approximately $

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Compound Interest We can use the simple interest formula yet again to find the accumulated amount A 3 at the end of the third year: We can use the simple interest formula yet again to find the accumulated amount A 3 at the end of the third year: or approximately $

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Compound Interest Note that the accumulated amounts at the end of each year have the following form: Note that the accumulated amounts at the end of each year have the following form: These observations suggest the following general rule: These observations suggest the following general rule: If P dollars are invested over a term of t years earning interest at the rate of r per year compounded annually, then the accumulated amount is If P dollars are invested over a term of t years earning interest at the rate of r per year compounded annually, then the accumulated amount is or:

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Compounding More Than Once a Year The formula The formula was derived under the assumption that interest was compounded annually. In practice, however, interest is usually compounded more than once a year. In practice, however, interest is usually compounded more than once a year. The interval of time between successive interest calculations is called the conversion period. The interval of time between successive interest calculations is called the conversion period.

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Compounding More Than Once a Year If interest at a nominal rate of r per year is compounded m times a year on a principal of P dollars, then the simple interest rate per conversion period is If interest at a nominal rate of r per year is compounded m times a year on a principal of P dollars, then the simple interest rate per conversion period is For example, if the nominal interest rate is 8% per year, and interest is compounded quarterly, then For example, if the nominal interest rate is 8% per year, and interest is compounded quarterly, then or 2% per period.

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Compounding More Than Once a Year To find a general formula for the accumulated amount, we apply To find a general formula for the accumulated amount, we apply repeatedly with the interest rate i = r/m. We see that the accumulated amount at the end of each period is as follows: We see that the accumulated amount at the end of each period is as follows:

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Compound Interest Formula Where n = mt, and A= Accumulated amount at the end of t years P= Principal r= Nominal interest rate per year m= Number of conversion periods per year t= Term (number of years) There are n = mt periods in t years, so the accumulated amount at the end of t years is given by There are n = mt periods in t years, so the accumulated amount at the end of t years is given by

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Example Find the accumulated amount after 3 years if $1000 is invested at 8% per year compounded Find the accumulated amount after 3 years if $1000 is invested at 8% per year compounded a.Annually b.Semiannually c.Quarterly d.Monthly e.Daily

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ExampleSolution a.Annually. Here, P = 1000, r = 0.08, and m = 1. Thus, i = r = 0.08 and n = 3, so or $

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ExampleSolution b.Semiannually. Here, P = 1000, r = 0.08, and m = 2. Thus, and n = (3)(2) = 6, so or $

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ExampleSolution c.Quarterly. Here, P = 1000, r = 0.08, and m = 4. Thus, and n = (3)(4) = 12, so or $

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ExampleSolution d.Monthly. Here, P = 1000, r = 0.08, and m = 12. Thus, and n = (3)(12) = 36, so or $

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ExampleSolution e.Daily. Here, P = 1000, r = 0.08, and m = 365. Thus, and n = (3)(365) = 1095, so or $

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One question arises on compound interest: One question arises on compound interest: What happens to the accumulated amount over a fixed period of time if the interest is compounded more and more frequently? What happens to the accumulated amount over a fixed period of time if the interest is compounded more and more frequently? Weve seen that the more often interest is compounded, the larger the accumulated amount. Weve seen that the more often interest is compounded, the larger the accumulated amount. But does the accumulated amount approach a limit when interest is computed more and more frequently? But does the accumulated amount approach a limit when interest is computed more and more frequently? Continuous Compounding of Interest

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Recall that in the compound interest formula Recall that in the compound interest formula the number of conversion periods is m. So, we should let m get larger and larger (approach infinity) and see what happens to the accumulated amount A. So, we should let m get larger and larger (approach infinity) and see what happens to the accumulated amount A. Continuous Compounding of Interest

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u , , ,000, If we let u = m/r so that m = ru, then the above formula becomes If we let u = m/r so that m = ru, then the above formula becomes The table shows us that when u gets larger and larger the expression The table shows us that when u gets larger and larger the expression approaches (rounding to five decimal places). It can be shown that as u gets larger and larger, the value of the expression approaches the irrational number … which we denote by e. It can be shown that as u gets larger and larger, the value of the expression approaches the irrational number … which we denote by e. Continuous Compounding of Interest

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Continuous Compound Interest Formula Continuous Compound Interest Formula A = Pe rt where P= Principal r= Annual interest rate compounded continuously continuously t= Time in years A= Accumulated amount at the end of t years of t years Continuous Compounding of Interest

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Examples Find the accumulated amount after 3 years if $1000 is invested at 8% per year compounded (a) daily, and (b) continuously. Find the accumulated amount after 3 years if $1000 is invested at 8% per year compounded (a) daily, and (b) continuously.Solution a.Using the compound interest formula with P = 1000, r = 0.08, m = 365, and t = 3, we find b.Using the continuous compound interest formula with P = 1000, r = 0.08, and t = 3, we find A = Pe rt = 1000e (0.08)(3) Note that the two solutions are very close to each other.

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Effective Rate of Interest The last example demonstrates that the interest actually earned on an investment depends on the frequency with which the interest is compounded. The last example demonstrates that the interest actually earned on an investment depends on the frequency with which the interest is compounded. For clarity when comparing interest rates, we can use what is called the effective rate (also called the annual percentage yield): For clarity when comparing interest rates, we can use what is called the effective rate (also called the annual percentage yield): This is the simple interest rate that would produce the same accumulated amount in 1 year as the nominal rate compounded m times a year. This is the simple interest rate that would produce the same accumulated amount in 1 year as the nominal rate compounded m times a year. We want to derive a relation between the nominal compounded rate and the effective rate. We want to derive a relation between the nominal compounded rate and the effective rate.

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Effective Rate of Interest The accumulated amount after 1 year at a simple interest rate R per year is The accumulated amount after 1 year at a simple interest rate R per year is The accumulated amount after 1 year at a nominal interest rate r per year compounded m times a year is The accumulated amount after 1 year at a nominal interest rate r per year compounded m times a year is Equating the two expressions gives Equating the two expressions gives

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Effective Rate of Interest Formula Solving the last equation for R we obtain the formula for computing the effective rate of interest: Solving the last equation for R we obtain the formula for computing the effective rate of interest: where r eff = Effective rate of interest r= Nominal interest rate per year m= Number of conversion periods per year

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Example Find the effective rate of interest corresponding to a nominal rate of 8% per year compounded Find the effective rate of interest corresponding to a nominal rate of 8% per year compounded a.Annually b.Semiannually c.Quarterly d.Monthly e.Daily

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ExampleSolution a.Annually. Let r = 0.08 and m = 1. Then or 8%.

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ExampleSolution b.Semiannually. Let r = 0.08 and m = 2. Then or 8.16%.

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ExampleSolution c.Quarterly. Let r = 0.08 and m = 4. Then or 8.243%.

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ExampleSolution d.Monthly. Let r = 0.08 and m = 12. Then or 8.300%.

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ExampleSolution e.Daily. Let r = 0.08 and m = 365. Then or 8.328%.

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Effective Rate Over Several Years If the effective rate of interest r eff is known, then the accumulated amount after t years on an investment of P dollars can be more readily computed by using the formula If the effective rate of interest r eff is known, then the accumulated amount after t years on an investment of P dollars can be more readily computed by using the formula

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Present Value Consider the compound interest formula: Consider the compound interest formula: The principal P is often referred to as the present value, and the accumulated value A is called the future value, since it is realized at a future date. The principal P is often referred to as the present value, and the accumulated value A is called the future value, since it is realized at a future date. On occasion, investors may wish to determine how much money they should invest now, at a fixed rate of interest, so that they will realize a certain sum at some future date. On occasion, investors may wish to determine how much money they should invest now, at a fixed rate of interest, so that they will realize a certain sum at some future date. This problem may be solved by expressing P in terms of A. This problem may be solved by expressing P in terms of A.

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Present Value Present value formula for compound interest Present value formula for compound interest Where and

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Examples How much money should be deposited in a bank paying a yearly interest rate of 6% compounded monthly so that after 3 years the accumulated amount will be $20,000? How much money should be deposited in a bank paying a yearly interest rate of 6% compounded monthly so that after 3 years the accumulated amount will be $20,000?Solution Here, A = 20,000, r = 0.06, m = 12, and t = 3. Here, A = 20,000, r = 0.06, m = 12, and t = 3. Using the present value formula we get Using the present value formula we get

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Examples Find the present value of $49, due in 5 years at an interest rate of 10% per year compounded quarterly. Find the present value of $49, due in 5 years at an interest rate of 10% per year compounded quarterly.Solution Here, A = 49,158.60, r = 0.1, m = 4, and t = 5. Here, A = 49,158.60, r = 0.1, m = 4, and t = 5. Using the present value formula we get Using the present value formula we get

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Present Value w ith Continuously Compounded Interest If we solve the continuous compound interest formula If we solve the continuous compound interest formula A = Pe rt for P, we get P = Ae –rt This formula gives the present value in terms of the future (accumulated) value for the case of continuous compounding. This formula gives the present value in terms of the future (accumulated) value for the case of continuous compounding.

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Applied Example: Real Estate Investment Blakely Investment Company owns an office building located in the commercial district of a city. Blakely Investment Company owns an office building located in the commercial district of a city. As a result of the continued success of an urban renewal program, local business is enjoying a mini-boom. As a result of the continued success of an urban renewal program, local business is enjoying a mini-boom. The market value of Blakelys property is The market value of Blakelys property is where V(t) is measured in dollars and t is the time in years from the present. If the expected rate of appreciation is 9% compounded continuously for the next 10 years, find an expression for the present value P(t) of the market price of the property that will be valid for the next 10 years. If the expected rate of appreciation is 9% compounded continuously for the next 10 years, find an expression for the present value P(t) of the market price of the property that will be valid for the next 10 years. Compute P(7), P(8), and P(9), and then interpret your results. Compute P(7), P(8), and P(9), and then interpret your results.

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Applied Example: Real Estate Investment Solution Using the present value formula for continuous compounding Using the present value formula for continuous compounding P = Ae –rt with A = V(t) and r = 0.09, we find that the present value of the market price of the property t years from now is Letting t = 7, we find that Letting t = 7, we find that or $599,837.

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Applied Example: Real Estate Investment Solution Using the present value formula for continuous compounding Using the present value formula for continuous compounding P = Ae –rt with A = V(t) and r = 0.09, we find that the present value of the market price of the property t years from now is Letting t = 8, we find that Letting t = 8, we find that or $600,640.

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Applied Example: Real Estate Investment Solution Using the present value formula for continuous compounding Using the present value formula for continuous compounding P = Ae –rt with A = V(t) and r = 0.09, we find that the present value of the market price of the property t years from now is Letting t = 9, we find that Letting t = 9, we find that or $598,115.

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Applied Example: Real Estate Investment Solution From these results, we see that the present value of the propertys market price seems to decrease after a certain period of growth. From these results, we see that the present value of the propertys market price seems to decrease after a certain period of growth. This suggests that there is an optimal time for the owners to sell. This suggests that there is an optimal time for the owners to sell. You can show that the highest present value of the propertys market value is $600,779, and that it occurs at time t 7.72 years, by sketching the graph of the function P. You can show that the highest present value of the propertys market value is $600,779, and that it occurs at time t 7.72 years, by sketching the graph of the function P.

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Example: Using Logarithms in Financial Problems How long will it take $10,000 to grow to $15,000 if the investment earns an interest rate of 12% per year compounded quarterly? How long will it take $10,000 to grow to $15,000 if the investment earns an interest rate of 12% per year compounded quarterly?Solution Using the compound interest formula Using the compound interest formula with A = 15,000, P = 10,000, r = 0.12, and m = 4, we obtain

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Example: Using Logarithms in Financial Problems How long will it take $10,000 to grow to $15,000 if the investment earns an interest rate of 12% per year compounded quarterly? How long will it take $10,000 to grow to $15,000 if the investment earns an interest rate of 12% per year compounded quarterly?Solution Weve got Weve got So, it will take about 3.4 years for the investment to grow from $10,000 to $15,000. So, it will take about 3.4 years for the investment to grow from $10,000 to $15,000. Taking logarithms on both sides log b m n = nlog b m

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4.2 Annuities

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Future Value of an Annuity The future value S of an annuity of n payments of R dollars each, paid at the end of each investment period into an account that earns interest at the rate of i per period, is The future value S of an annuity of n payments of R dollars each, paid at the end of each investment period into an account that earns interest at the rate of i per period, is

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Example Find the amount of an ordinary annuity consisting of 12 monthly payments of $100 that earn interest at 12% per year compounded monthly. Find the amount of an ordinary annuity consisting of 12 monthly payments of $100 that earn interest at 12% per year compounded monthly.Solution Since i is the interest rate per period and since interest is compounded monthly in this case, we have Since i is the interest rate per period and since interest is compounded monthly in this case, we have Using the future value of an annuity formula, with R = 100, n = 12, and i = 0.01, we have Using the future value of an annuity formula, with R = 100, n = 12, and i = 0.01, we have or $

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Present Value of an Annuity The present value P of an annuity consisting of n payments of R dollars each, paid at the end of each investment period into an account that earns interest at the rate of i per period, is The present value P of an annuity consisting of n payments of R dollars each, paid at the end of each investment period into an account that earns interest at the rate of i per period, is

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Example Find the present value of an ordinary annuity consisting of 24 monthly payments of $100 each and earning interest of 9% per year compounded monthly. Find the present value of an ordinary annuity consisting of 24 monthly payments of $100 each and earning interest of 9% per year compounded monthly.Solution Here, R = 100, i = r/m = 0.09/12 = , and n = 24, so Here, R = 100, i = r/m = 0.09/12 = , and n = 24, so or $

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Applied Example: Saving for a College Education As a savings program towards Albertos college education, his parents decide to deposit $100 at the end of every month into a bank account paying interest at the rate of 6% per year compounded monthly. As a savings program towards Albertos college education, his parents decide to deposit $100 at the end of every month into a bank account paying interest at the rate of 6% per year compounded monthly. If the savings program began when Alberto was 6 years old, how much money would have accumulated by the time he turns 18? If the savings program began when Alberto was 6 years old, how much money would have accumulated by the time he turns 18?

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Applied Example: Saving for a College Education Solution By the time the child turns 18, the parents would have made By the time the child turns 18, the parents would have made deposits into the account, so n = 144. Furthermore, we have R = 100, r = 0.06, and m = 12, so Furthermore, we have R = 100, r = 0.06, and m = 12, so Using the future value of an annuity formula, we get Using the future value of an annuity formula, we get or $21,015.

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Applied Example: Financing a Car After making a down payment of $4000 for an automobile, Murphy paid $400 per month for 36 months with interest charged at 12% per year compounded monthly on the unpaid balance. After making a down payment of $4000 for an automobile, Murphy paid $400 per month for 36 months with interest charged at 12% per year compounded monthly on the unpaid balance. What was the original cost of the car? What was the original cost of the car? What portion of Murphys total car payments went toward interest charges? What portion of Murphys total car payments went toward interest charges?

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Applied Example: Financing a Car Solution The loan taken up by Murphy is given by the present value of the annuity formula The loan taken up by Murphy is given by the present value of the annuity formula or $12,043. Therefore, the original cost of the automobile is $16,043 ($12,043 plus the $4000 down payment). Therefore, the original cost of the automobile is $16,043 ($12,043 plus the $4000 down payment). The interest charges paid by Murphy are given by The interest charges paid by Murphy are given by (36)(400) – 12,043 = 2,357 or $2,357.

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4.3 Amortization and Sinking Funds

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Amortization Formula The periodic payment R on a loan of P dollars to be amortized over n periods with interest charged at the rate of i per period is The periodic payment R on a loan of P dollars to be amortized over n periods with interest charged at the rate of i per period is

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Applied Example: Home Mortgage Payment The Blakelys borrowed $120,000 from a bank to help finance the purchase of a house. The Blakelys borrowed $120,000 from a bank to help finance the purchase of a house. The bank charges at a rate of 9% per year on the unpaid balance, with interest computations made at the end of each month. The bank charges interest at a rate of 9% per year on the unpaid balance, with interest computations made at the end of each month. The Blakelys have agreed to repay the loan in equal monthly installments over 30 years. The Blakelys have agreed to repay the loan in equal monthly installments over 30 years. How much should each payment be if the loan is to be amortized at the end of term? How much should each payment be if the loan is to be amortized at the end of term?

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Applied Example: Home Mortgage Payment Solution Here, P = 120,000, i = r/m = 0.09/12 = , and Here, P = 120,000, i = r/m = 0.09/12 = , and n = (30)(12) = 360. n = (30)(12) = 360. Using the amortization formula we find that the size of each monthly installment required is given by Using the amortization formula we find that the size of each monthly installment required is given by or $

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Applied Example: Home Affordability The Jacksons have determined that, after making a down payment, they could afford at most $2000 for a monthly house payment. The Jacksons have determined that, after making a down payment, they could afford at most $2000 for a monthly house payment. The bank charges interest at a rate of 7.2% per year on the unpaid balance, with interest computations made at the end of each month. The bank charges interest at a rate of 7.2% per year on the unpaid balance, with interest computations made at the end of each month. If the loan is to be amortized in equal monthly installments over 30 years, what is the maximum amount that the Jacksons can borrow from the bank? If the loan is to be amortized in equal monthly installments over 30 years, what is the maximum amount that the Jacksons can borrow from the bank?

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Applied Example: Home Affordability Solution We are required to find P, given i = r/m = 0.072/12 = 0.006, n = (30)(12) = 360, and R = We are required to find P, given i = r/m = 0.072/12 = 0.006, n = (30)(12) = 360, and R = We first solve for P in the amortization formula We first solve for P in the amortization formula Substituting the numerical values for R, n, and i we obtain Substituting the numerical values for R, n, and i we obtain Therefore, the Jacksons can borrow at most $294,643. Therefore, the Jacksons can borrow at most $294,643.

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Sinking Fund Payment The periodic payment R required to accumulate a sum of S dollars over n periods with interest charged at the rate of i per period is The periodic payment R required to accumulate a sum of S dollars over n periods with interest charged at the rate of i per period is

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Applied Example: Sinking Fund The proprietor of Carson Hardware has decided to set up a sinking fund for the purpose of purchasing a truck in 2 years time. The proprietor of Carson Hardware has decided to set up a sinking fund for the purpose of purchasing a truck in 2 years time. It is expected that the truck will cost $30,000. It is expected that the truck will cost $30,000. If the fund earns 10% interest per year compounded quarterly, determine the size of each (equal) quarterly installment the proprietor should pay into the fund. If the fund earns 10% interest per year compounded quarterly, determine the size of each (equal) quarterly installment the proprietor should pay into the fund.

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Applied Example: Sinking Fund Solution Here, S = 30,000, i = r/m = 0.1/4 = 0.025, and n = (2)(4) = 8. Here, S = 30,000, i = r/m = 0.1/4 = 0.025, and n = (2)(4) = 8. Using the sinking fund payment formula we find that the required size of each quarterly payment is given by Using the sinking fund payment formula we find that the required size of each quarterly payment is given by or $

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4.4 Arithmetic and Geometric Progressions

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Arithmetic Progressions An arithmetic progression is a sequence of numbers in which each term after the first is obtained by adding a constant d to the preceding term. An arithmetic progression is a sequence of numbers in which each term after the first is obtained by adding a constant d to the preceding term. The constant d is called the common difference. The constant d is called the common difference. An arithmetic progression is completely determined if the first term and the common difference are known. An arithmetic progression is completely determined if the first term and the common difference are known.

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nth Term of an Arithmetic Progression The nth term of an arithmetic progression with first term a and common difference d is given by The nth term of an arithmetic progression with first term a and common difference d is given by a n = a + (n – 1)d

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Example Find the twelfth term of the arithmetic progression Find the twelfth term of the arithmetic progression 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, … Solution The first term of the arithmetic progression is a 1 = a = 2, and the common difference is d = 5. The first term of the arithmetic progression is a 1 = a = 2, and the common difference is d = 5. So, upon setting n = 12 in the arithmetic progression formula, we find So, upon setting n = 12 in the arithmetic progression formula, we find a n = a + (n – 1)d a 12 = 2 + (12 – 1)5 = 57

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Sum of Terms in an Arithmetic Progression The sum of the first n terms of an arithmetic progression with first term a and common difference d is given by The sum of the first n terms of an arithmetic progression with first term a and common difference d is given by

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Example Find the sum of the first 20 terms of the arithmetic progression Find the sum of the first 20 terms of the arithmetic progression 2, 7, 12, 17, 22, … Solution Letting a = 2, d = 5, and n = 20 in the sum of terms formula, we get Letting a = 2, d = 5, and n = 20 in the sum of terms formula, we get

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Applied Example: Company Sales Madison Electric Company had sales of $200,000 in its first year of operation. Madison Electric Company had sales of $200,000 in its first year of operation. If the sales increased by $30,000 per year thereafter, find Madisons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation. If the sales increased by $30,000 per year thereafter, find Madisons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation.Solution Madisons yearly sales follow an arithmetic progression, with a = 200,000 and d = 30,000. Madisons yearly sales follow an arithmetic progression, with a = 200,000 and d = 30,000. The sales in the fifth year are found by using the nth term formula with n = 5. The sales in the fifth year are found by using the nth term formula with n = 5. Thus, Thus, or $320,000. a n = a + (n – 1)d a 5 = 200,000 + (5 – 1)30,000 = 320,000

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Applied Example: Company Sales Madison Electric Company had sales of $200,000 in its first year of operation. Madison Electric Company had sales of $200,000 in its first year of operation. If the sales increased by $30,000 per year thereafter, find Madisons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation. If the sales increased by $30,000 per year thereafter, find Madisons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation.Solution Madisons total sales over the first 5 years of operation are found by using the sum of terms formula. Madisons total sales over the first 5 years of operation are found by using the sum of terms formula. Thus, Thus, or $1,300,000.

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Geometric Progressions A geometric progression is a sequence of numbers in which each term after the first is obtained by the preceding term by a constant. A geometric progression is a sequence of numbers in which each term after the first is obtained by multiplying the preceding term by a constant. The constant is called the common ratio. The constant is called the common ratio. A geometric progression is completely determined if the first term a and the common ratio r are given. A geometric progression is completely determined if the first term a and the common ratio r are given.

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nth Term of a Geometric Progression The nth term of a geometric progression with first term a and common ratio r is given by The nth term of a geometric progression with first term a and common ratio r is given by

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Example Find the eighth term of a geometric progression whose first five terms are 162, 54, 18, 6, and 2. Find the eighth term of a geometric progression whose first five terms are 162, 54, 18, 6, and 2.Solution The common ratio is found by taking the ratio of any term other than the first to the preceding term. The common ratio is found by taking the ratio of any term other than the first to the preceding term. Taking the ratio of the fourth term to the third term, for example, gives Taking the ratio of the fourth term to the third term, for example, gives Using the nth term formula to find the eighth term gives Using the nth term formula to find the eighth term gives

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Sum of Terms in a Geometric Progression The sum of the first n terms of a geometric progression with first term a and common ratio r is given by The sum of the first n terms of a geometric progression with first term a and common ratio r is given by

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Example Find the sum of the first six terms of the geometric progression 3, 6, 12, 24, … Find the sum of the first six terms of the geometric progression 3, 6, 12, 24, …Solution Using the sum of terms formula Using the sum of terms formula with a = 3, r = 6/3 = 2, and n = 6, gives

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Applied Example: Company Sales Michaelson Land Development Company had sales of $1 million in its first year of operation. Michaelson Land Development Company had sales of $1 million in its first year of operation. If sales increased by 10% per year thereafter, find Michaelsons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation. If sales increased by 10% per year thereafter, find Michaelsons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation.Solution The sales follow a geometric progression, with first term a = 1,000,000 and common ratio r = 1.1. The sales follow a geometric progression, with first term a = 1,000,000 and common ratio r = 1.1. The sales in the fifth year are thus The sales in the fifth year are thus or $1, 464,100.

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Applied Example: Company Sales Michaelson Land Development Company had sales of $1 million in its first year of operation. Michaelson Land Development Company had sales of $1 million in its first year of operation. If sales increased by 10% per year thereafter, find Michaelsons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation. If sales increased by 10% per year thereafter, find Michaelsons sales in the fifth year and its total sales over the first 5 years of operation.Solution The sales follow a geometric progression, with first term a = 100,000,000 and common ratio r = 1.1. The sales follow a geometric progression, with first term a = 100,000,000 and common ratio r = 1.1. The total sales over the first 5 years of operation are The total sales over the first 5 years of operation are or $6,105,100.

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