Monday, May 23, 2011

Innovative shortcuts for finding Compound Interest without calculation...


We all know the traditional formula to compute compound interest.
CI = P*(1+R/100)^N - P

This calculation gets very tedious when N>2 (more than 2 years). The method suggested below is a very simple way to get CI/Amount after 'N' years.

You need to recall the old Pascal's Triangle in following way:
Code:
 
Number of Years (N)                     
  -------------------
        1                        1
        2                    1   2   1
        3                  1   3   3   1
        4                1   4   6   4   1
        .              1 .... .... ... ...   1



Example: P = 1000, R=10 %, and N=3 years. What is CI & Amount?

Step 1: 10% of 1000 = 100, Again 10% of 100 = 10 and 10% of 10 = 1
We did this three times becoz N=3.

Step 2:
Now Amount after 3 years = 1 * 1000 + 3 * 100 + 3 * 10 + 1 * 1 = Rs.1331/-
The co-efficients - 1,3,3,1 are lifted from the pascal's triangle above.

Step 3:
CI after 3 years = 3*100 + 3*10 + 3*1 = Rs.331/- (leaving out first term in step 2)

If N =2, we would have had, Amt = 1 * 1000 + 2 * 100 + 1 * 10 = Rs. 1210/-
CI = 2 * 100 + 1* 10 = Rs. 210/-

This method is extendable for any 'N' and it avoids calculations involving higher powers on 'N' altogether!

A variant to this short cut can be applied to find depreciating value of some property. (Example, A property worth 100,000 depreciates by 10% every year, find its value after 'N' years). 

N.B Prefer this method if N>=3. It will always work and it will save your time like anything.

Stay tuned and you will find many short tricks like this.

7 comments:

  1. Hai, This trick was amazing and it helped me a lot... Thanks.

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  2. Please correct
    Step 3:
    3*100 + 3*10 + 1*1 = Rs.331/-

    3,3,3 instead of 3,3,1

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  3. really a very good methood.... which we studied in class cbsc class 9th but still not able to apply that........

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  4. This trick is Amazing! Could you please tell, how to find Rate, Principle or time through this method?

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