Simple Interest
Simple interest is a method to calculate the amount of interest charged on a sum at a given rate and for a given period of time. In simple interest, the principal amount is always the same, unlike compound interest where we add the interest of previous years principal to calculate the interest of the next year.
In this lesson, you will be introduced to the concept of borrowing money and the simple interest that is derived from borrowing. You will also be introduced to terms such as principal, amount, rate of interest, and time period. Through these terms, you can calculate simple interest using the simple interest formula.
1.  What is Simple Interest? 
2.  Simple Interest Formula 
3.  What Types of Loans use Simple Interest? 
4.  Simple Interest vs Compound Interest 
5.  FAQs on Simple Interest 
What is Simple Interest?
Simple interest is a quick and easy method to calculate interest on the money, in the simple interest method interest always applies to the original principal amount, with the same rate of interest for every time cycle. When we invest our money in any bank, the bank provides us interest on our amount. The interest applied by the banks is of many types one of them is simple interest. Now, before going deeper into the concept of simple interest, let's first understand what is the meaning of a loan.
A loan is an amount that a person borrows from a bank or a financial authority to fulfill their needs. Loan examples include home loans, car loans, education loans, and personal loans. A loan amount is required to be returned by the person to the authorities on time with an extra amount, which is usually the interest you pay on the loan.
Simple Interest Formula
Simple interest is calculated with the following formula: S.I. = P × R × T, where P = Principal, R = Rate of Interest in % per annum, and T = Time, usually calculated as the number of years. The rate of interest is in percentage r% and is to be written as r/100.
 Principal: The principal is the amount that initially borrowed from the bank or invested. The principal is denoted by P.
 Rate: Rate is the rate of interest at which the principal amount is given to someone for a certain time, the rate of interest can be 5%, 10%, or 13%, etc. The rate of interest is denoted by R.
 Time: Time is the duration for which the principal amount is given to someone. Time is denoted by T.
 Amount: When a person takes a loan from a bank, he/she has to return the principal borrowed plus the interest amount, and this total returned is called Amount.
Amount = Principal + Simple Interest
A = P + S.I.
A = P + PRT
A = P(1 + RT)
Simple Interest Example:
Michael's father had borrowed $1,000 from the bank and the rate of interest was 5%. What would the simple interest be if the amount is borrowed for 1 year? Similarly, calculate the simple interest if the amount is borrowed for 2 years, 3 years, and 10 years?
Solution:
Principal Amount = $1,000, Rate of Interest = 5% = 5/100. (Add a sentence here describing the given information in the question.)
Simple Interest 

1 Year  S.I = (1000 ×5 × 1)/100 = 50 
2 Year  S.I = (1000 × 5 × 2)/100 = 100 
3 Year  S.I = (1000 ×5 × 3)/100 = 150 
10 Year  S.I = (1000 × 5 × 10)/100 = 500 
Now, we can also prepare a table for the above question adding the amount to be returned after the given time period.
Simple Interest  Amount  
1 Year  S.I = (1000 ×5 × 1)/100 = 50  A= 1000 + 50 = 1050 
2 Year  S.I = (1000 ×5 × 2)/100 = 100  A= 1000 + 100 = 1100 
3 Year  S.I = (1000 × 5 × 3)/100 = 150  A = 1000 + 150 = 1150 
10 Year  S.I = (1000 × 5 × 10)/100 = 500  A = 1000 + 500 = 1500 
What Types of Loans use Simple Interest?
Most banks these days apply compound interest on loans because in this way banks get more money as interest from their customers, but this method is more complex and hard to explain to the customers. On the other hand, calculations become easy when banks apply simple interest methods. Simple interest is much useful when a customer wants a loan for a short period of time, for example, 1 month, 2 months, or 6 months.
When someone goes for a shortterm loan using simple interest, the interest applies on a daily or weekly basis instead of a yearly basis. Consider that you borrowed $10,000 on simple interest at a 10% interest rate per year, so this 10% a year rate divide into a rate per day which is equal to 10/365 = 0.027%. So you have to pay $2.73 a day extra on $10,000.
Simple Interest vs Compound Interest
Simple interest and compound interest are two ways to calculate interest on a loan amount. It is believed that compound interest is more difficult to calculate than simple interest because of some basic differences in both. Let's understand the difference between simple interest and compound interest through the table given below:
Simple Interest  Compound Interest 
Simple interest is calculated on the original principal amount every time.  Compound interest is calculated on the accumulated sum of principal and interest. 
It is calculated using the following formula: S.I.= P × R × T  It is calculated using the following formula: C.I.= P × (1+r)^{t } P 
It is equal for every year on a certain principal.  It is different for every span of the time period as it is calculated on the amount and not principal. 
Simple Interest: Tips and Tricks
 To find the time period, the day on which money is borrowed is not taken into account, but the day on which money has to be returned is counted.
 The rate of interest is the interest on every $100 for a fixed time period.
 Interest is always more in the case of compound interest as compared to simple interest.
 The formula or methods to calculate compound interest is derived from simple interest calculation methods.
 Rate of interest is always kept in fractions in the formula.
Think Tank:
 What if a bank provides you an interest such that your money doubles every day, if you invested $1 on day 1, in how many days you will become a billionaire?
 Will you invest if a bank provides a negative rate of interest?
Solved Examples on Simple Interest

Example 1: Robert purchased a car worth $48,000, he borrowed the money from the bank at 10% per annum for a period of 4 years. How much amount he has to pay after the period.
Solution:
The principal value for the car is $48,000, the rate of interest is 10% and the time period given is 4 years.
Using the formula for amount, A= P(1+RT), A= 48000 × (1 + 10/100 × 4)
A= 48000 × (1 + 2/5)
A= 48000 × 7/5
A= $67200
Therefore, Robert has to pay $67,200.

Example 2: If Maria borrowed a sum of $46,500 for a period of 21 months at 20% per annum, how much simple interest will she pay?
Solution:
The principal amount is $46,500 and the rate of interest is 20% = 20/100. The time period given is 21 months = 21/12 years. Using the formula for interest I = P ×R × T. I = 46500 × 20/100 × 21/12, so I = $16800.
Therefore, Maria is going to pay $16,800.
Practice Questions on Simple Interest
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FAQs on Simple Interest
What is the Use of Simple Interest?
Simple interest is used in cases where the amount that is to be returned requires a short period of time. So, monthly amortization, mortgages, savings calculation, and education loans use simple interest.
What are the Types of Simple Interest?
Simple interest is of two types ordinary simple interest and exact simple interest. In the ordinary simple interest, a year is considered of 360 days while calculating the interest while in exact simple interest a year is considered of 365 (or 366 days of a leap year) days. Both methods use the same formula to calculate simple interest.
Are Home Loans Simple or Compound Interest?
Home loans take a long time to repay, so the interest added by the lender is usually a compound interest.
Are Car Loans Simple or Compound Interest?
Car loans or auto loans use simple interest to calculate the interest. The borrower agrees to pay the money back, plus a flat percentage of the amount borrowed. But in case the borrower fails to repay the amount on time, the company or the lender may start charging compound interest.
What is the Difference between Simple and Compound Interest?
Simple interest is the interest paid only on the principal, whereas, compound interest is the interest paid on both principal and interest compounded in regular intervals.
How do you Calculate Simple Interest?
Simple Interest is calculated using the following formula: SI = P × R × T, where P = Principal, R = Rate of Interest, and T = Time period. Here, the rate is given in percentage (r%) is written as r/100. And the principal is the sum of money that remains constant for every year in the case of simple interest.
How do I Calculate Simple Interest Monthly?
To calculate simple interest monthly, we have to divide the yearly interest calculated by 12. So, the formula for calculating monthly simple interest becomes (P × R × T) / (100 × 12).