Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Cries in the Night

latenight.jpg I just checked my email and found several messages sent to all 300 people in my class asking for help with the homework that's due today. Actually it was due 42 minutes ago so it's too late now. Bummer.

But to answer the questions:
  • "MRS" stands for "Marginal Rate of Substitution", which was discussed in class on 2/16 and is defined in the text on p. 130.
  • Problem #3 is nearly identical to the problem Dr. Hickenbottom worked through in class on Monday. The $1,000 computer is capital, and since her other business has a rate of return of 8%, the forgone return (opportunity cost of capital) for the computer is $80.
Both of these concepts were also covered in the Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions, so if you're struggling you should seriously consider attending those. The one I go to is in PAR 301 Mondays at 5:00pm.

As an aside, before the first SI session I asked the session leader who typically attends: students in the most need of help or those who will probably get an A anyway. He said the program is targeted at the former but in practice is used by the latter.

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