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September 12th, 2011, 08:57 PM   #1
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Is my answer key wrong?

The Problem: In 2003, the US national debt was about $7 trillion. If payments were made at the rate of $1,000 per second, how many years would it take to pay off the debt, assuming that no interest were charged? (Note: 1 year = 3.156*10^7 seconds)

I got 221.8 years, but the answer key says 100 years... Don't see how I'm wrong though.
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Re: Is my answer key wrong?

We can find the time t in years from:



I'd say you are correct!
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