Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Honors Business Economics: 5 January 2011

Current Events:

Richard Fowler on FNC's America Live re: Debt Ceiling 01-03-2011

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure."


Then Senator Obama, in 2006 stated, when he voted against increasing the ceiling:

The fact that we are here today to debate raising America’s debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government can’t pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government’s reckless fiscal policies. … Increasing America’s debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that ‘the buck stops here. Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better.

CNBC Panel Dismisses Peter Schiff (and What WSJ Really Thinks Of Him)

The Chapter 3 Section 3 Quiz Prep Page for Thursday is available.

The Chapter 3 Test is on Friday: a prep page will be forthcoming (Test resources are located below just above the HW).

The Ch. 3 Sec. 2 Quiz Make-Up is today:


The Make-Up for the Chapter 3 Section 1 Quiz is today.

The Chapter 2 Make-Up Test is today.


The Ch. 2 Sec. 3 American Free Enterprise Make-Up Quiz is today.

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Chapter 5: Supply

Section 2 The Theory of Production, p. 127

The theory of production deals with the way output changes in the short run when a single productive input is varied. This relationship is presented graphically in the form of a production function. The two most important measures of output are total product and marginal product. Three stages of production—increasing returns, diminishing returns, and negative returns—show how marginal product changes as additional variable inputs are added.

Chapter 5, Section 2 - Reading Strategy

In-class assignment (you may work with a partner for the exercise):

Directions: Listing

As you read about production, complete the graphic organizer by listing what occurs during the three stages of production.

Guide to Reading, p. 127

Section Preview

Content Vocabulary

production function

With a partner, answer the following.

In a short paragraph explain the difference between the two firms shown in the video.
What is the relationship between costs and output in gold mining and oil through the use of power production functions?
How does the second firm make money?
How is it that both firms operate efficiently?
Define production function in your own words.
Are firms taking big risks?

Production functions in gold mining and oil production, 7:51

short run
long run
total product
marginal product
stages of production
diminishing returns

Short Run Production, Marginal and Average Product, 8:05

In-class assignment, with a partner, answer the following.

What input can vary in the short run?
How does quantity change?
How is total product effected?
On the other hand, how is marginal product effected?
How does the story provided help explain these ideas?
Why don't firms keep adding workers?
How is the marginal product curved?
How does the next story explain marginal product?

Figure 5.5 Short-Run Production, p. 128


Profiles in Economics

Kenneth I. Chenault, 4:00

In-class assignment: with a partner answer the following questions.

What company is Chenault Chairman and CEO of?
What size company (large, medium, or small) represents the best opportunity for job growth?
How much of the net new jobs are created by small businesses?
What size is a company that is considered a small business?
Who owns these companies?
What does a small business offer a consumer?
What is the key and how much does a dollar spent return when spent in a small business?
If people spent money locally how much in revenue would be generated?
What personal traits does a small business person exhibit?
How does a small business stay competitive with a bigger store?

Chapter 5, Section 2 - Review

In-class assignment (you may work with a partner):

Directions: Explaining

Complete the graphic organizer by explaining how marginal product changes in each of the three stages of production.

Section 3: Cost, Revenue, and Profit Maximization

Cost and revenue are added to the theory of production. Several important measures of cost are introduced, including fixed cost, variable cost, total cost, and marginal cost. Total revenue and marginal revenue are the most important measures of revenue. The firm reaches the break-even point when the revenue from sales is large enough to cover the total cost of production. Furthermore, the firm finds its profit-maximizing quantity of output where the marginal cost of production is exactly equal to marginal revenue from the sale of the product.

Chapter 3 Prep

Chapter 3: Business Organizations


Crossword Puzzle


Vocabulary eFlashcards


Ch. 4 Prep

Ch. 5 Prep

Chapter 5 Supply Multiple Choice Quiz


Chapter 5 Puzzle


Chapter 5 Supply Flashcards



Elasticity and Supply, 3:52 (Warning: images of alcohol consumption, language, and possible objectionable content, this is not required viewing).

Logan's Run (1976, trailer), 2:54

Logan is a man with a problem: he's a 29-year-old bounty hunter who collects the people who didn't submit to state mandated euthanasia when they hit the age of 30 -- and tomorrow is his birthday.

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Reminder: Quiz Thursday

The Chapter 3 Section 3 Quiz Prep Page for Thursday is available.

Wednesday HW

1. p. 113, #31-32.

Thursday HW

1. p. 115, #1-3.

Friday HW

1. p. 116, #1-2.