Algebra II : Using e

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Example Question #196 : Understanding Exponents

Simplify:  

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

In order to solve for the x-variable, we will need to raise both sides as powers of base , since the natural log has a default base of .

The equation becomes:

Add three on both sides.

Divide by four on both sides.

The equation is:  

The answer is:  

Example Question #191 : Exponents

On the day of a child's birth, a sum of money is to be invested into a certificate of deposit (CD) that draws  annual interest compounded continuously. The plan is for the value of the CD to be at least  on the child's  birthday.

If the amount of money invested is to be a multiple of , what is the minimum that should be invested initially, assuming that there are no further deposits or withdrawals?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

If we let  be the initial amount invested and  be the annual interest rate of the CD expressed as a decimal, then at the end of  years, the amount of money  that the CD will be worth can be determined by the formula

Substitute , and solve for .

The minimum principal to be invested initially is $6,551. However, since we are looking for the multiple of $1,000 that guarantees a minimum final balance of $20,000, we round up to the nearest such multiple, which is $7,000 - the correct response.

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