One of the few things to memorize for the Regents is the formula for compound interest:

A = P(1 + r)^t

A is the account balance or amount

P is the principal or initial amount = 3000

r is the rate 4.2 % we need to convert this to a decimal

t is time

so the equation is:

A = 3000 (1 + .042)^t or it can be written as: A = 3000 (1.042)^t

That’s it — just writing this equation is 2 points!!

Please visit this blog post for a related multiple choice item from Jan 2016:

https://mathconfidence.com/2016/05/11/get-the-math-and-get-the-points-jan-2016-cc-alg-i-regents-8/