# Trident bus530 module 2 case +slp and dusscusion 2017

Question # 00605157 Posted By: neil2103 Updated on: 10/17/2017 08:37 AM Due on: 10/17/2017
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Interactive Tools for Production and Costs

Discussion

For this discussion, we will be looking at several interactive tutorials or quizzes that might help you and your classmates with any concepts or calculations that you are having difficulty with.

If you are having difficulty with the numerical calculations covered in this module, try this interactive tutorial:

http://www.sambaker.com/econ/cost/cost.html

If you are having difficulty with some of the conceptual issues covered in this module, try the following interactive tutorial:

http://www.pearsoncustom.com/mct-comprehensive/asset.php?isbn=1269879944&id=12353

Note that you don’t need to look at both tutorials, just pick one or the other and share with your classmates whether you found it useful or not.

Then search the web and try to find at least one other tutorial on production costs (marginal costs, variable costs, total costs, etc.) that you find useful for this module. This could be a tutorial, a video lesson, an online practice quiz, etc. Share the link with your classmates and explain what you found useful about it. As a follow-up to your first post, try using one of the tutorials that your classmates found and share your thoughts.

Module 2 - Case

PRODUCTION AND COSTS

Assignment Overview

Case Assignment

Part A: Conceptual questions

1. Suppose you own a television factory and at your current level of output you have average total cost of \$800 per television, average variable costs of \$700 per television, and a marginal cost of \$400. If the price your buyers are willing to pay is \$500, should you decrease or increase production? Explain your reasoning, and make sure to cite at least one of the required readings in your answer.

2. You are the owner of a restaurant, and currently you have only one waiter. While this keeps costs down, many of your customers go home because they are tired of waiting in line or waiting for their order. You hire four more waiters and waitresses, and you are now able to serve a dramatically higher number of customers. Seeing the huge productivity gains from hiring more staff, you then hire 20 more waiters and waitresses. However, you are not able to serve any more customers than you were able to when your staff size was only four. In fact, your restaurant has become overly crowded because there is not enough room in your restaurant for all of your staff. You are confused as to why hiring four more staff members increased your productivity, but hiring 20 more did not. What concept from the background readings best describes what happened in this case? Explain your reasoning.

Part B: Quantitative problems

The following table gives the total weekly output of bicycles at Al’s Bicycle Town.

Table 1

Labor Total Product (TP) Average Product of labor (AP) Marginal Product of labor (MP)

0 0 na na

1 100 100 100

2 300 ----- ___

3 450 ___ ___

4 ___ ___ 110

5 630 ___ ___

6 ___ 110 ___

· Complete this table.

· Draw the graphs of the marginal product (MP) and the average product (AP).

· To learn how to plot the data in Excel, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3U9tDcoNeI

· Where do the AP and MP curve cross?

The cost of 1 worker is \$2000 per month. Total fixed cost is \$4000 per month.

· Complete Table 2 using your answers from Table 1 and by computing total variable cost (TVC) and total cost(TC).

Table 2

Labor Total Product (TP) Total variable cost (TVC) Total cost (TC)

0 0 na 4000

1 100 2000 ___

2 300 ----- ___

3 450 ___ ___

4 ___ ___ 12000

5 630 ___ ___

6 ___ 12000 ___

· Draw the graphs of the TC and TVC curves. What is the relationship between these two curves?

· Complete Table 3 by using your answers from the previous Tables and calculating the AVC, ATC, and MC.

Table 3

Total Product (TP) Average variable cost (AVC) Average total cost (ATC) Marginal cost (MC)

0 na na na

100 20 ___ 20

300 ----- ___ ___

450 ___ ___ ___

___ ___ 21.43 ___

630 ___ ___ ___

___ ___ ___ 66.67

· Draw the graphs of the ATC, AVC, and MC curves. What is the relationship between the ATC and AVC curves? Between the MC and AVC curves?

Assignment Expectations

· Answer the assignment questions directly.

· Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.

· For computational problems, make sure to show your work and explain your steps.

· For short answer/short essay questions make sure to reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See theStudent Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11-14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

Module 2 - SLP

PRODUCTION AND COSTS

For Module 1, you did research on consumer demand and pricing for your business idea. Continue with the same business idea that you wrote about for Module 1, but now look at the cost side of your business.

Do some research on various potential start-up expenses for your business based on research on wages, office space rental rates, etc., in your home town. More specifically, write a three-page paper answering the following questions:

1. What do you think the main expenses will be for your business? Make sure to discuss labor, rent, equipment, and any other major expense you can think of.

2. Do some research on the internet or from your own personal contacts to get a ballpark estimate of how much the specific expenses are in your home town for the items that you listed in your answer to Question 1 above. You can use Craig’s List or similar webpages to get an idea about wages for different positions that you may need to hire for, and there are many webpages that have advertisements for renting commercial property in different parts of the country.

3. Finally, break down your expenses into fixed plus variable costs. Make sure to cite two of the required background readings as justification for your classifications of your different expenses into the fixed and variable cost categories.

SLP Assignment Expectations

· Stay focused on the precise assignment questions. Do not go off on tangents or devote a lot of space to summarizing general background materials.

· Make sure to use reliable and credible sources as your references. Articles published in established newspapers or business journals/magazines are preferred. If you find articles on the Internet, make sure they are from a credible source.

· Reference your sources of information with both a bibliography and in-text citations. See theStudent Guide to Writing a High-Quality Academic Paper, including pages 11- 14 on in-text citations. Another resource is the “Writing Style Guide,” which is found under “My Resources” in the TLC Portal.

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