Lecture Notes: Monday, October 26, 1998


Sixth Homework Assignment - for discussion at recitations Tuesday October 20, and Thursday October 22. The sixth homework also includes your first MAPLE ASSIGNMENT.

Seventh Homework Assignment - for discussion at recitations Tuesday October 27, and Thursday October 29.

Chapter 5 Section 3 (Compound Interest - continued)

r = interest rate per year (as a decimal).

P = initial principal

Simple Interest: The amount after t years is given by

A(t) = P(1+rt)

Compound Interest:

1. compounded annually for t years.
A(t) = P(1+r)^t

2. compounded m times per year Now r is called the nominal interest rate.

A(t) = P(1+(r/m))^(mt)

effective annual rate reff = simple interest rate to give the same result over one year:

P(1+ r/m)^m = P(1 + reff) so reff = (1 + r/m)^m - 1

Ex. Say a company has growth rates of 8%, 20%, 7%, 11%, and 3% in 5 successive years. What is the average growth rate (i.e., the effective annual rate that would give the same result after five years)?

(1.08)(1.20)(1.07)(1.11)(1.03) = (1 + reff)^5. Solving for reff gives

reff = 9.655%. Note that this is not the same as the average of the growth rates (the sum over 5 which is 9.8%).

Present Value: Assume nominal interest rate r, compounded m times per year. Then the present value of an amount A, t years in the future is:

A(1 + r/m)^(-mt)

Example: Lottery payoff of $1,000,000 per year for 60 years, or forever. Say the interest rate is 5%. What is the present value of this income stream? Do you think it is infinite??


To get these answers we did a brief review of geometric series.

Continuous Compounding:

P(1 + r/m)^(mt) converges to Pert as m goes to infinity.

Example. r = 5%. Start with $100. Result after 10 years if the interest is

simple (not compounded)


compounded annually


compounded daily


compounded continuously



We stepped through MAPLE Demonstration #7. This is a very good demonstration of many of these notions.

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