If I go to a bank and deposit 1¢ into an interest bearing account and every month the amount in the interest bearing account doubles, how long in years and months will it take for my interest bearing account to get to at or just over $1.000.000? Please show step by step instructions on how to get to the answer.

gibsonj338 Apr 10, 2019

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1, 2, 4, 8, 16.......etc.

Use the Geometric Series Formula to sum them up:

Sum =F x [1 - R]^N / [1 - R], where F = First term, R=Common ratio, N =Number of terms.

$1,000,000 x 100 = 1 x 2^N - 1

100,000,000 cents = 2^N - 1

100,000,001 = 2^N Take the log of both sides

8 = N * log(2)

N = 8 / log(2)

**N = 26.575 months = 27 month(rounded)**

2^27 - 1 =134,217,727 cents / 100 =$1,342,177.27 - dollars.

Note: The above is the same as:

FV =PV * [1 + 100%]^N - 1

$1,000,000 =1 cent x 2^N -1

100,000,000 cents =2^N - 1 - and you would solve for N as above.

Guest Apr 10, 2019

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