Comparing Types of InterestUnderstand the difference between simple interest and compound interest by comparing their results 
Complete the table to show how much £500 is worth when invested with a 3% annual interest rate. Numbers should be to 2 decimal places.
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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 halfyearly, 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/Alevel exam paper questions (worked solutions are available for Transum subscribers).
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\(P\) 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.
\(P\) 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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