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Financial Analysis.

Review the most recent annual reports for each of the two companies to gain an understanding of each company’s products and services, the markets they serve, and their financial performance.

Complete a financial analysis to determine which of the two companies is the better performing by looking at the most recent full-year financial reports.

A good performing company is one whose returns are better than the industry average over a long period of time. Look at a metrics such as return on invested capital, free cash flow, sales growth, profit growth, and return on assets).

A company with superior financial performance, generally has consistent annual revenue and profit growth; high profit margins; high sales per employee; high sales per square foot of floor space (retail or manufacturing); high inventory turns, and a strong balance sheet.

Good financial performance is the result a good business strategy that is executed well and often includes: investments in appropriate technology; visionary leadership; talented and dedicated employees; a customer focus; having and maintaining a competitive advantage, and a strong focus on strategic goals.

Based on your conclusions from the facts as presented, explain why the better company achieves better performance than its competitor.  What does the company do well to achieve the superior financial performance?  What can they improve on to even do better?

 

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Financial Comparisons
Metric Company 1 Company 2
Profit Margin 4.39% 1.45%
Return on Assets 8.57% 6.22%
Return on Equity 23.0% 36.6%
Debt to Equity 0.71 2.11
Return on Invested Capital 18.6% 21.7%
Earnings Growth (3yr. avg.) -1.7% +15.4%
Revenue Growth (3 yr. avg.) 4.2% 2.7%
Inventory Turns 8.3 15.0
Sales/Square Foot $437 161
Sales/Employee $218,400 $277,328
Net Income/Employee $6,876 $7,243
Free Cash Flow $7.4 bn $0.86 bn

 

Company 2 has overall better financial performance as its Return on Invested Capital is 21.7% compared to 18.6% for Company 1. If you were a shareholder, your return potential would be better with Company 2.  Company 2 also does a better job in managing its inventory and has more productive employees (sales per employee). Company 1 has better asset utilization with higher sales per square foot. Company 2 has more productive employees with higher sales and net income per employee.

Company 1 does better in profit margins and operating margins and sales per square foot, and generates more free cash flow.

Company 2 is faster growing in earnings (15.4% per year), and does a much better job with inventory turns (15.0 vs. 8.3). If Company 2 could lower their floor space or increase their sales with the same floor space, they would improve their sales per square foot and thus improve their profit margins. This would also help generate more free cash flow as it would reduce the investment required in facilities.

 

 

  1. The APA writing style format uses 12 pt. font size, Times New Roman type style, double-spacing, and requires a title page, title headings for sections of the paper, citation of references used in the body of the paper, and a separate references page at the end of the paper.

 

  1. The length for papers is to be between five and seven pages (excluding title page, abstract, and reference page). Papers generally shorter than this do not adequately cover the topic.

 

  1. An abstract is required for all papers, and should include statement of problem or issues that the paper addresses; the method of analysis; the results or findings; and main conclusions and recommendations. Abstracts should be brief but complete.
  2. All papers must include a minimum of four (4) appropriate and credible outside references. The course textbook can be one of the references if it is used. Sources need to be credible and copying from sources is not permitted. If material is quoted directly from a reference source, the source must be cited in the body of the paper as well as on the reference page.

 

  1. Examples used to illustrate points in papers should not be taken from the course textbook or from any previously ones used in class or from other class assignments.

 

  1. All papers should have section headings for each of the major sections of the paper, and include as a minimum of an introduction (explaining the purpose of the paper and how the topic will be covered); an analysis section or sections, detailing the analysis of the case, the topic, or the problem; a conclusions section where the conclusions are made based on the analysis; and a summary section, where the key points of the paper and any conclusions drawn in the paper are summarized.
  2. Make sure that the hyperlinks are removed from any web sources on the reference page and in the body of the paper, and that the papers are spell and grammar checked before submitting.

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 EG-260 Continuous Assessment 1

Warning: Failure to follow these instructions will result in zero mark for the entire assessment. These instructions are purposefully very detailed and highlight common mistakes that have been seen in the past. My goal is to make sure that you communicate your answers to this assessment in the correct manner so that I can assign you the correct marks. It is therefore crucial that you read, understand and follow these instructions.

 

Instructions:

  • This assessment must be solved and submitted individually. The submission deadline is:

 

23.59 on Thursday 9 March 2017

 

  • Use numerical values for the parameters corresponding to your student number from xls file available on blackboard.

 

 

  • Solve all of the questions in this assessment using the parameters that are assigned to your student number. Remember: Each answer that you will obtain WILL be a numerical value. When solving the questions, maintain highest possible decimal points. Your final answer should be rounded to 4 decimal places (done automatically in the xls file).

 

  • Download the empty answer file (xls) to your computer from the Blackboard page. This is the file where you will enter your answers to the questions. The only change that you should do to this file is to enter your answers and to save it! Do NOT rename this file. Do NOT change the file format, for example to .xlsx. Do NOT change the internal formatting of the file. Do NOT change or add new sheets to the file. Your task is to simply enter ONLY numerical values for your answers to this file and save it! Do not put units as they are already in the questions. Do NOT enter ANY non-numerical characters (such as “2*10^2”, “10e4”) or incomplete calculations such as “2×2” or “2*100” or “50/3 – 100”.

 

  • Submit the Excel file (xls) in Blackboard.

 

  • IN ADDITION to the xls file, you MUST submit a SINGLE file containing the supporting work. This file should show how you have solved the problems. This is the evidence that you obtained the numerical results yourself. You can type your solution in WORD or SCAN your handwritten work. Either way, submission should be a PDF file. Remember, this FILE NAME must be MySolution.pdf. Do NOT submit separate files for different parts of your solution. Avoid JPG, TIF or other image files if possible.

 

  • Numerical answers in both files must agree with each other. In case of any discrepancies, the answers in xls will be used for marking.

 

  • Unlike the final exam, no method marks is available for this assessment. You have to get correct numerical values and enter it correctly as described above. This is because, unlike the final exam, you have one full week to solve the two problems.

 

  • Please submit the two files ONLY once.


  • Question 1: An inverted pendulum oscillator of length L [m] and mass m [kg] is attached by springs. Two springs of stiffness values k1 and k2 [N/m] are arranged in parallel and series respectively as shown below:

 

Important: The values of L, m, k1 and k2 in SI units are given for your student number in the excel file CA1_Parameters.xls. Use an equivalent spring in deriving the equation of motion and consider the weight of the mass. Take gravitational acceleration constant as 9.8100 [m/s2]. All answers must be in numerical format and in SI units.

 

Case 1: springs in parallel                      Case 2: springs in series

  1. Calculate the equivalent spring stiffness for case 1 and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.                                     (5 Marks)
  2. Calculate the equivalent spring stiffness for case 2 and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.                                                               (5 Marks)
  3. Assuming the rotation is small, obtain the equation of motion. From this, calculate the natural frequency in rad/sec for case 1 and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.              (15 Marks)
  4. From the equation of motion, calculate the natural frequency in rad/sec for case 2 and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file. (15 Marks)
  5. Assuming k2 = 2k1, obtain the value of k1 (in N/m) for the system to be stable for case 1 and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file. (5 Marks)
  6. Assuming k2 = 2k1, obtain the value of k1 (in N/m) for the system to be stable for case 2 and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.      (5 Marks)

 

 


 

Question 2: A vibrating system consisting of a weight of W [N] and a spring stiffness of k [N/m] is viscously damped such that the ratio of any two consecutive amplitudes is 10 to y. Determine:

 

  1. Log decrement () and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.                        (10 Marks)
  2. Damping factor () and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.                   (10 Marks)
  3. Damped natural frequency () in (rad/sec) and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.    (15 Marks)
  4. Damping constant (c) and enter the numerical value to the designated cell in the Excel file.                (15 Marks)

 

Hint: The values of W, k, and y in SI units are given for your student number in the Excel file CA1_Parameters.xls. Take gravitational acceleration constant as 9.8100 [m/s2]. All answers must be in numerical format and in SI units.

 

Reminder: Failure to follow the instructions will result in zero marks even if you obtained correct answers! For the sake of fairness, no exceptions will be allowed. Unless you are ABSOLUTELY sure that your submission is according to the instructions, please do not upload it in the blackboard.

 

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Need help-EE 777K: POWER SYSTEMS PROTECTION  Graduate Student(s):      Undergraduate Student(s):  Name and myWSU ID of group members:
Last Name First Name MyWSU ID
Objective:  As an engineer, you should be able to understand new technologies quickly and communicate the information to both technical and non-technical colleagues. As graduate students, you should have the skills to do RESEARCH on any topics. This research project should help you further develop these skills.
Expectation:  Select a topic related to CURRENT technologies in the wide area of power system protection. You can choose a topic from the given list or find a suitable topic. The report may be written about a technology itself or about applications of a technology. Selection of the topic is an important part of this assignment. Once you have decided on the topic you want to do an extended search in gathering information. You could use WSU library to browse electric power related publications (e.g. IEEE spectrum, IEEE Power Engineering Review, IEEE Trans. on Power Delivery, IEEE Trans. on Power System, IEEE trans. on Smart Grid, Electrical World, Transmission and Distribution, Power, and other magazines covering electric power issues). You are encouraged to use web search engines (e.g. google, wiki, ask, yahoo, etc.) and websites (www.epri.com, http://www.doe.gov, http://www.ieee.org, etc.). Confirm that your selection is current and relevant.    Get familiarized with the interlibrary loan facility at WSU library. This could be the ideal source for most current information if the full text is not available online. The process can take up to two weeks. You are presenting this to your client. They need specific information that will allow them to make a decision and then begin to develop applications of the technology.  They will not need history or fundamental engineering formulas. The history or fundamental engineering relationships formulas, etc. are NOT important.  Make sure your presentation conveys the vital information about the technology. Pictures can presents lots of words.
Group Members:  Graduate students may work in groups up to two; Undergraduate students may work in groups up to three.
Deadlines:  The schedule for the research report is as follows: Dec. 1st to Dec 8th, 2016  Presentation for research topic Dec. 13th, 2016:   Final report due.
Late submissions will NOT be accepted.
Plagiarism:  Paper should be written in your own words. Directly copying any information (text, figures, equations, etc.) from any source without attributing it to the source is considered as plagiarism. Any form of plagiarism will result in getting ‘0’ for the assignment.
Guidelines for paper:  Using Microsoft Word. Page limits: Min 4 pages; Max 8 pages.  Using IEEE guideline for preparations of papers is required. Using blackboard for submitting the assignment.
Guidelines for presentation:  Use Microsoft PowerPoint.  Each student/group will be given 10 minutes to present, 5 minutes of question time.
Declaration:  To receive a grade for this assignment you must sign on the following. Note that any form of plagiarism will result in student getting zero for the assignment.
We did not collaborate with anyone on this assignment but my group member and the instructor:
Name:   (1)___________________ (2)____________________ (3)_________________________
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Need Help-Statistics


Need Help-Statistics

W4 Quiz

Question 1

  1.  

Parameters are

numerical characteristics of a sample
numerical characteristics of a population
the averages taken from a sample
numerical characteristics of either a sample or a population

Question 2

  1.  

Stratified random sampling is a method of selecting a sample in which

the sample is first divided into strata, and then random samples are taken from each stratum
various strata are selected from the sample
the population is first divided into strata, and then random samples are drawn from each stratum
None of these alternatives is correct.

Question 3

  1.  

A theorem that allows us to use the normal probability distribution to approximate the sampling distribution of sample means and sample proportions whenever the sample size is large is known as the

approximation theorem
normal probability theorem
central limit theorem
central normality theorem

Question 4

  1.  

In point estimation

data from the population is used to estimate the population parameter
data from the sample is used to estimate the population parameter
data from the sample is used to estimate the sample statistic
the mean of the population equals the mean of the sample

Question 5

  1.  

The sample statistic s is the point estimator of

μ
σ
x ̅
p

Question 6

  1.  

The sample mean is the point estimator of

μ
σ
x ̅
p-

Question 7

  1.  

The standard deviation of all possible x ̅ values is called the

standard error of proportion
standard error of the mean
mean deviation
central variation

Question 8

  1.  

A sample statistic, such as a sample mean, is known as

a statistic
a parameter
the mean deviation
the central limit theorem

Question 9

  1.  

The purpose of statistical inference is to provide information about the

sample based upon information contained in the population
population based upon information contained in the sample
population based upon information contained in the population
mean of the sample based upon the mean of the population

Question 10

  1.  

Random samples of size 81 are taken from an infinite population whose mean and standard deviation are 200 and 18, respectively. The distribution of the population is unknown. The mean and the standard error of the mean are

200 and 18
81 and 18
9 and 2
200 and 2

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Need Help-Capital Budgeting Problem


Need Help-Capital Budgeting Problem

Financial Management

Ford Company

Capital Budgeting Problem

 

The market value of Fords’ equity, preferred stock and debt are $7 billion, $3 billion, and $10 billion, respectively. Ford has a beta of 1.8, the market risk premium is 7%, and the risk-free rate of interest is 4%. Ford’s preferred stock pays a dividend of $3.5 each year and trades at a price of $27 per share. Ford’s debt trades with a yield to maturity of 9.5%. What is Ford’s weighted average cost of capital if its tax rate is 30%?

 

Ford Company
 
Market Capitalization Weight
Equity (E)
Preferred (P)
Debt (D)
Total

 

 

 

Ford Company
Weight Cost After-tax

Marginal Weight

Equity (E) X =
Preferred (P) X =
Debt (D) X =
Total X =

 

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Physics 211L- Lab#5: NEWTON’s SECOND LAW OF MOTION


Physics 211L- Lab#5: NEWTON’s SECOND LAW OF MOTION

Physics 211L

Peter Webb

September

Lab#5: NEWTON’s SECOND LAW OF MOTION

Abstract:

In this lab we are Verifying Newton’s 2nd Law of motion, we are also finding the acceleration using the derived equations  and which are both derived with the free body diagrams on the attached paper. We used a computer with logger pro, Rotary motion sensor (RMS), and rolling cart with wired force probe, cart track, table clamp, long rod, 5 gram and 10 gram masses.

Our results showed that the force acting on an object is proportional to the mass. This is shown when we increase the mass from 5g to 10g the force measured and the theoretical force nearly doubled as well. This proves Newton’s 2nd law of motion. Possible reasons for error would be caused by neglecting friction and the track not being perfectly straight and level.

 

 

Procedure:

The first thing we did is cleaning the track and wheels to make sure that the motion is smooth; we recorded the mass of the cart including the force probe which was 650.6 g and the mass of the string which was 3.3 g, then we added mass to the cart so that the total mass was equal to 1 kg .We used the RMS and the force gauge to collect data on Logger Pro. The force gauge was attached to the cart this combined weight became “M” and the weight hanging off the end of the RMS was “m”. The data collected from Logger Pro from both the force gauge and the RMS are shown below in Table 1 along with the comparison to the theoretical values with percent error and standard deviation for the 5g tests. The data collected from Logger Pro from both the force gauge and the RMS are shown below in Table 2 along with the comparison to the theoretical values with percent error and standard deviation for the 10g tests.

 

Data Tables and Plots/Results and error analysis:

Table 1:

Test # Force Measured (N) Force Std dev. Force Theoretical (N) Force ∆% Acceleration Measured (m/s^2) Accel

Std

dev.

Acceleration Theoretical (m/s^2) Acceleration ∆%
1 .046 .014 .049 6.12% .083 .004 .078 6.41%
2 .046 .006 .049 6.12% .056 .006 .078 28.21%

 

 

 

Table 2:

Test # Force Measured (N) Force Std dev. Force Theoretical (N) Force ∆% Acceleration Measured (m/s^2) Accel

Std

dev.

Acceleration Theoretical (m/s^2) Acceleration ∆%
1 .090 .007 .084 7.14% .106 .004 .156 32.05%
2 .088 .007 .084  4.76% .114 .009 .156 26.92%

 

 

Trial 1:

Velocity vs time graph

 

 

Force vs time graph

 

Trial 2:

Velocity vs time graph

Force vs time graph

 

Physics 211L- Lab#5: NEWTON’s SECOND LAW OF MOTION

 

 

Trial 3:

Velocity vs time graph

Force vs time graph

Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Major Classes of Anti-Hypertensive Agents on Vascular Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes: a Network Meta-Analysis


Subject Medicine
Topic Comparative Efficacy and Safety of Major Classes of Anti-Hypertensive Agents on Vascular Outcomes in Type 2 Diabetes: a Network Meta-Analysis

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Help Answer the Questions


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“As long as there’s innovation there is going to be new kinds of chaos,” explains Robert Stephens, founder of the technology support company Geek Squad. The chaos Stephens is referring to is the difficulty we have all experienced trying to keep up with the many changes in our environment, particularly those related to computers, technology, software, communication, and entertainment. Generally, consumers have found it difficult to install, operate, and use many of the electronic products available today. “It takes time to read the manuals,” Stephens says. “I’m going to save you that time because I stay home on Saturday nights and read them for you!”

THE COMPANY

The Geek Squad story begins when Stephens, a native of Chicago, passed up an Art Institute scholarship to pursue a degree in computer science. While Stephens was a computer science student he took a job fixing computers for a research laboratory, and he also started consulting. He could repair televisions, computers, and a variety of other items, although he decided to focus on computers. His experiences as a consultant led him to realize that most people needed help with technology and that they saw value in a service whose employees would show up at a specified time, be friendly, use understandable language, and solve the problem. So, with just $200, Stephens formed Geek Squad in 1994.

Geek Squad set out to provide timely and effective help with all computing needs regardless of the make, model, or place of purchase. Geek Squad employees were called “agents” and wore uniforms consisting of black pants or skirts, black shoes, white shirts, black clip-on ties, a badge, and a black jacket with a Geek Squad logo to create a “humble” attitude that was not threatening to customers. Agents drove black-and-white Volkswagen Beetles, or Geekmobiles, with a logo on the door, and charged fixed prices for services, regardless of how much time was required to provide the service. The “house call” services ranged from installing networks, to debugging a computer, to setting up an entertainment system, and cost from $100 to $300. “We’re like ‘Dragnet’; we show up at people’s homes and help,” Stephens says. “We’re also like Ghostbusters and there’s a pseudogovernment feel to it like Men in Black

In 2002, Geek Squad was purchased by leading consumer electronics retailer Best Buy for about $3 million. Best Buy had observed very high return rates for most of its complex products. Shoppers would be excited about new products, purchase them and take them home, get frustrated trying to make them actually work, and then return them to the store demanding a refund. In fact, Best Buy research revealed that consumers were beginning to see service as a critical element of the purchase. The partnership was an excellent match. Best Buy consumers welcomed the help. Stephens became Geek Squad’s chief inspector and a Best Buy vice president and began putting a Geek Squad “precinct” in every Best Buy store, creating some stand-alone Geek Squad Stores, and providing 24-hour telephone support. There are now more than 20,000 agents in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and China, and return rates have declined by 25 to 35 percent. Geek Squad service plans are also being sold on eBay and in some Target stores. The Geek Squad website proclaims that the company is “Serving the Public, Policing Technology and Protecting the World.”

THE CHANGING ENVIRONMENT

Many changes in the environment occurred to create the need for Geek Squad’s services. Future changes are also likely to change the way Geek Squad operates. An environmental scan helps illustrate the changes.

The most obvious changes may be related to technology. Wireless broadband technology, high-definition televisions, products with Internet interfaces, and a general trend toward computers, smartphones, entertainment systems, and even appliances being interconnected are just a few examples of new products and applications for consumers to learn about. There are also technology-related problems such as viruses, spyware, lost data, and “crashed” or inoperable computers. New technologies have also created a demand for new types of maintenance such as password management, operating system updates, disk cleanup, and “defragging.”

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Another environmental change that contributes to the popularity of Geek Squad is the change in social factors such as demographics and culture. In the past many electronics manufacturers and retailers focused primarily on men. Women, however, are becoming increasingly interested in personal computing and home entertainment and, according to the Consumer Electronics Association, are likely to outspend men in the near future. Best Buy’s consumer research indicates that women expect personal service during the purchase as well as during the installation after the purchase—exactly the service Geek Squad is designed to provide. Our culture is also embracing the Geek Squad concept. For example, in the recently discontinued television series Chuck(2007–2012), one of the characters worked for the “Nerd Herd” at “Buy More” and drove a car like a Geekmobile on service calls!

Competition, economics, and the regulatory environment have also had a big influence on Geek Squad. As discount stores such as Walmart and PC makers such as Dell began to compete with Best Buy, new services such as inhome installation were needed to create value for customers. Now, just as change in competition created an opportunity for Geek Squad, it is also leading to another level of competition as Staples has introduced EasyTech services and Office Depot has introduced Tech Depot services. The economic situation for electronics continues to improve as prices decline and demand increases. Consumers purchased 2 million 3D TVs in 2010, and sales of all consumer electronics exceeded $180 billion. Finally, the regulatory environment continues to change with respect to the electronic transfer of copyrighted materials such as music and movies and software. Geek Squad must monitor the changes to ensure that its services comply with relevant laws.

THE FUTURE FOR GEEK SQUAD

The combination of many positive environmental factors helps explain the extraordinary success of Geek Squad. Today, it repairs more than 3,000 PCs a day and generates more than $2 billion in revenue. Because Geek Squad services have a high profit margin they contribute to the overall performance of Best Buy, and they help generate traffic in the store and create store loyalty. To continue to grow, however, Geek Squad will need to continue to scan the environment and try new approaches to creating customer value.

One possible new approach is to create new partnerships. Geek Squad and Ford, for example, have developed a partnership to help consumers install in-car communication systems. In the future, Best Buy will offer 240-volt home charging stations for Ford’s electric vehicle, the Focus. Geek Squad will offer electrical audits and residential installations for the car owners. Geek Squad is also using new technology to improve. Agents now use a smartphone to access updated schedules, log in their hours, and run diagnostics tests on clients’ equipment. Best Buy is also testing a “Solutions Central” desk, similar to the Genius Bar concept in Apple stores, and staffing it with Geek Squad agents. Finally, to attract the best possible employees, Geek Squad and Best Buy are trying a “results-only work environment” that has no fixed schedules and no mandatory meetings. By encouraging employees to make their own work-life decisions, the Geek Squad hopes to keep morale and productivity high.

Other changes and opportunities are certain to appear soon. However, despite the success of the Geek Squad and the potential for additional growth, Robert Stephens is modest and claims, “Geeks may inherit the Earth, but they have no desire to rule it!”

Questions

1What are the key environmental forces that created an opportunity for Robert Stephens to start the Geek Squad?

2What changes in the purchasing patterns of (a) all consumers and (b) women made the acquisition of Geek Squad particularly important for Best Buy?

3Based on the case information and what you know about consumer electronics, conduct an environmental scan for Geek Squad to identify key trends. For each of the five environmental forces (social, economic, technological, competitive, and regulatory), identify trends likely to influence Geek Squad in the near future.

4What promotional activities would you recommend to encourage consumers who currently use independent installers to switch to Geek Squad?

 

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Write a two- to three-page analysis using the Case Study on pages 325-327 of your textbook, “Expatriate Management at AstraZeneca.”

Your analysis should address the following questions:

1. Critically analyze AstraZeneca’s expatriate management practices.

2. According to the 2007 Expatriate Work/Life Balance Survey, 65% of expats report feeling the strain of managing

the demands of work and home, leading to more anxieties at home and at the workplace. What steps can an

organization take to mitigate this?

3. What decisions related to expatriates could organizations take to maximize the benefits to the company despite

ongoing economic recessions? Do you think a company that paid more careful attention to selection could further

boost their chances of success?

Your case study analysis should follow APA guidelines for formatting of all resources, both in-text and as references. Your

analysis should include a title page and should include a separate reference page. Remember to use the CSU Library to

complete your research for this assignment.

Information about accessing the Blackboard Grading Rubric for this assignment is provided below.

Assignment Help:Elasticity of Demand-Microeconomics


Assignment Help:Elasticity of Demand-Microeconomics

Assignment       

 

In this Assignment, you will focus on marginal utility, Price Elasticity of Demand, and understanding the difference between Price Elasticity of Demand and Income Elasticity of Demand.

 

We all subconsciously assign “scores” to what we are considering to purchase, based on our expected level of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) with that purchase. When making simultaneous pairs of purchases, again we subconsciously compare the amount of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) that we will receive from the pair of purchases. To decide on the “ideal” combination of these two purchases, we expect that the last dollar we spend on each of the items will give us the “same” satisfaction per dollar (Marginal Utility per dollar). Further, we know that the MORE of an item that we get, the next one we get will give us LESS “satisfaction” Marginal Utility) than the last one gave us (the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility). Using what you have learned about Marginal Utility and Marginal Utility per dollar, answer the following questions.

 

Questions

  1. Jane has been working all day, missing both her breakfast and lunch. Finally able to leave work, after being required to work a couple of hour’s overtime, she is starving. Jane has $20 in her pocket, so she stops at a local fast food restaurant and orders a grilled chicken sandwich (somewhat healthy) and fries (not so healthy). As she sits down to eat them, a Kaplan University student approaches her and tells her that she is doing a research project for her microeconomics course, and would like to ask Jane a few quick questions. Jane agrees and the student asks what “score” (Marginal Utility) from 1 to 100 would she give as her satisfaction level with the 1st sandwich and the 1st fries? After eating that order, Jane is still hungry and orders a second chicken sandwich and another fries. Again, the student asks Jane to give her new scores. Since Jane has not eaten all day, she is hungry enough to order a third round of food and again gives “scores” to the inquisitive student.

 

Below is the Kaplan student’s completed experiment tally sheet of Jane’s marginal utility “scores” and the calculation of her marginal utility per dollar, given that each sandwich costs $4.00 and each order of fries costs $2.00, along with her budget of $20. The student filled in the shaded cells based on Jane’s responses, then computed the values in the remaining cells. Using this information, answer the following questions:

 

 

  1. Is Jane maximizing her utility? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off to buy one less chicken sandwich and one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase combination, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying just one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying one less fries and one more chicken sandwich? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. Remembering the Learning Practice in Unit 3, in the year 107 WBCE (Way Before the Common Era) the Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the gosum berry growers were able to meet an average demand of 700 barrels of gosum berries per month at an average a price of $70 per barrel.

In the year 108 WBCE the growers were plagued with a gosum berry bug infestation that reduced average output, causing production to fall to only 600 barrels per month, causing the price to rise to $84 per barrel. The following table shows the Chairman’s report:

 

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel
107 700 $70
108 600 $84

 

  1. Using the midpoint method, calculate the price elasticity of demand for Gondwanaland gosum berries. Explain what this price elasticity of demand means?

 

  1. What is the monthly average total revenue for year 107, and the monthly average total revenue for year 108? How do these numbers compare to each other?

 

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel Monthly average total revenue
107 700 $70
108 600 $84
Change in

average total monthly revenue

 

  1. Using your answer to part a. above, how could you have predicted this change in total monthly revenue?

 

  1. The Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the new Altair chariots (most modern, horse drawn family chariot) had a PRICE elasticity of 3 and an INCOME elasticity of 2. The supply of these Altair chariots is elastic. Evaluate the following statements and explain why you think they are true, or false.

 

  1. A 20% increase in the price of the Altair chariot will cause the quantity demanded to fall by an astounding 60%.

 

  1. An increase in Gondwanaland consumers’ incomes will cause prices to rise, but the total quantity demanded will also increase.

Unit 4 Assignment: Elasticity of Demand

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In this Assignment, you will focus on marginal utility, Price Elasticity of Demand, and understanding the difference between Price Elasticity of Demand and Income Elasticity of Demand.

We all subconsciously assign “scores” to what we are considering to purchase, based on our expected level of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) with that purchase. When making simultaneous pairs of purchases, again we subconsciously compare the amount of “satisfaction” (Marginal Utility) that we will receive from the pair of purchases. To decide on the “ideal” combination of these two purchases, we expect that the last dollar we spend on each of the items will give us the “same” satisfaction per dollar (Marginal Utility per dollar). Further, we know that the MORE of an item that we get, the next one we get will give us LESS “satisfaction” Marginal Utility) than the last one gave us (the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility). Using what you have learned about Marginal Utility and Marginal Utility per dollar, answer the following questions.

 

Questions

  1. Jane has been working all day, missing both her breakfast and lunch. Finally able to leave work, after being required to work a couple of hour’s overtime, she is starving. Jane has $20 in her pocket, so she stops at a local fast food restaurant and orders a grilled chicken sandwich (somewhat healthy) and fries (not so healthy). As she sits down to eat them, a Kaplan University student approaches her and tells her that she is doing a research project for her microeconomics course, and would like to ask Jane a few quick questions. Jane agrees and the student asks what “score” (Marginal Utility) from 1 to 100 would she give as her satisfaction level with the 1st sandwich and the 1st fries? After eating that order, Jane is still hungry and orders a second chicken sandwich and another fries. Again, the student asks Jane to give her new scores. Since Jane has not eaten all day, she is hungry enough to order a third round of food and again gives “scores” to the inquisitive student.

Below is the Kaplan student’s completed experiment tally sheet of Jane’s marginal utility “scores” and the calculation of her marginal utility per dollar, given that each sandwich costs $4.00 and each order of fries costs $2.00, along with her budget of $20. The student filled in the shaded cells based on Jane’s responses, then computed the values in the remaining cells. Using this information, answer the following questions:

  1. Is Jane maximizing her utility? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off to buy one less chicken sandwich and one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase combination, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying just one more fry? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

  1. If Jane is not maximizing her utility with the original purchase, remembering the Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility, would she be better off buying one less fries and one more chicken sandwich? Explain your reasoning and show any calculations.

 

 

  1. Remembering the Learning Practice in Unit 3, in the year 107 WBCE (Way Before the Common Era) the Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the gosum berry growers were able to meet an average demand of 700 barrels of gosum berries per month at an average a price of $70 per barrel.

In the year 108 WBCE the growers were plagued with a gosum berry bug infestation that reduced average output, causing production to fall to only 600 barrels per month, causing the price to rise to $84 per barrel. The following table shows the Chairman’s report:

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel
107 700 $70
108 600 $84

 

  1. Using the midpoint method, calculate the price elasticity of demand for Gondwanaland gosum berries. Explain what this price elasticity of demand means?

 

 

  1. What is the monthly average total revenue for year 107, and the monthly average total revenue for year 108? How do these numbers compare to each other?

 

Year (WBCE) Monthly barrels of gosum berries demanded Price per barrel Monthly average total revenue
107 700 $70
108 600 $84
Change in

average total monthly revenue

 

 

  1. Using your answer to part a. above, how could you have predicted this change in total monthly revenue?

 

 

 

 

  1. The Gondwanaland Chairman of Production reported that the new Altair chariots (most modern, horse drawn family chariot) had a PRICE elasticity of 3 and an INCOME elasticity of 2. The supply of these Altair chariots is elastic. Evaluate the following statements and explain why you think they are true, or false.

 

  1. A 20% increase in the price of the Altair chariot will cause the quantity demanded to fall by an astounding 60%.

 

 

  1. An increase in Gondwanaland consumers’ incomes will cause prices to rise, but the total quantity demanded will also increase.

 

 

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Unit 4 Assignment: Elasticity of Demand Grading Rubric

Content Percent Possible Points Possible
Full Assignment 100% 40
     
Overall Writing: 20% 8
Correct coversheet information at the top of 1st page 5% 2.00
APA format for answers 3% 1.20
Correct citations 3% 1.20
Standard English, no errors 4% 1.60
At least one, or more, references 5% 2.00
     
Answers: provides complete information demonstrating analysis and critical thinking: 80% 32
Individual Questions:    
1. a. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 3 sandwiches and 3 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
1. b. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 2 sandwiches and 4 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
1. c. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 3 sandwiches and 4 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
1. d. – Are the utility maximizing quantities 4 sandwiches and 2 fries? Why? 5% 2.00
2. a. – What is price elasticity of demand for gosum berries? 15% 6.00
2. b. – What is year 107 revenue and the year 108 revenue? 10% 4.00
2. c. – Could change in revenue been predicted from elasticity? How? 15% 6.00
3. a. – Will quantity of Altair chariots demanded fall by 60%? (true/false) Why? 10% 4.00
3. b. – Will quantity of Altair chariots demanded increase? (true or false) Why? 10% 4.00
Sub-total for Individual Questions: 80% 32

 

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