# Questions Regarding 2011 AP Microeconomics Exam

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In summary: The marginal revenue of the eighth unit is $22. Part f says that there is an effective price ceiling of$22. That means that $22 is the highest price allowed to be charged. Monopolies produces at the quantity at which marginal revenue equals marginal price. Because an effective price ceiling is in tact, the monopolist can only charge$22. Marginal revenue is the additional revenue received from producing an additional unit of a good. To calculate the marginal utility of producing the 8th unit, you must look at the revenue received from producing 7 units and 8 units, and find the difference. When a monopolist produces 7 units, he charges $22. He would normally charge more, but a binding price ceiling is in Underhill This link (http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/economics_micro/samp.html?micro has a list of released Microeconomics AP free-response questions. I have a question concerning the 2011 primary released exam. See the questions here http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap11_frq_microeconomics.pdf and the solutions here http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/repository/ap11_microecon_scoring_guidelines.pdf. Notice Question 1 Part (f): The marginal revenue of the eighth unit is apparently$22. However, to me it appears to be $12, as per the MR slope. Can anyone explain? Also, Question 3 Part (a): Notice the two triangles created by the MSC curve; I would have thought that the DWL (Dead Weight Loss) was the bottom triangle, since the top triangle was never used. Any thoughts? As an answer to part f: The marginal revenue of the eighth unit is$22. Part f says that there is an effective price ceiling of $22. That means that$22 is the highest price allowed to be charged. Monopolies produces at the quantity at which marginal revenue equals marginal price. Because an effective price ceiling is in tact, the monopolist can only charge $22. Marginal revenue is the additional revenue received from producing an additional unit of a good. To calculate the marginal utility of producing the 8th unit, you must look at the revenue received from producing 7 units and 8 units, and find the difference. When a monopolist produces 7 units, he charges$22. He would normally charge more, but a binding price ceiling is in place. His revenue from producing 7 units is 7x22=154. When producing 8 units revenue is 8x22=176. Calculate the difference of the two and the result is $22. (176-154=22.) Remember that the MR curve is under the demand curve because there is an assumption of 1 price. If you produce 1 more unit, you must price ALL units lower. This is not the case if there is a price ceiling. If the monopolist produces 7 units, he can only price them at$22 a unit. If he produces 8 units, he still will price them at $22 a unit. With this price ceiling, the MR curve has changed! The MR curve is now a flat line at$22 until unit 9, at which point it drops (dicontinuously to 0 at the 10th unit). This also explains why the monopoly produces 9 units now, since that's where the MR curve meets the MC curve now.

Dbouchard:

Great explanation; completely explained 1.f.i. for me. Thanks a lot!

Matter Wave:

Your first paragraph made sense; thanks for the new information about the change of the MR curve with the implementation of a price ceiling.

However, I got lost in your last paragraph. Could you sketch or draw the MR curve on the graph to illustrate what you're describing? If the MR curve drops to zero right after unit nine, then the MR curve NEVER interesects the MC curve, correct? In that case, how would you figure out what quantity the monopoly produces with the price ceiling in place? By maximizing the profit area?

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Also, does anybody care to field the second of my two original questions? Question 3 Part (a): Notice the two triangles created by the MSC curve; I would have thought that the DWL (Dead Weight Loss) was the bottom triangle, since the top triangle was never used. Thoughts, anyone?

I am not an expert in economics, so I cannot provide a definitive answer to these questions. However, I can offer some possible explanations based on my understanding of economic principles.

Regarding Question 1 Part (f), it is possible that the marginal revenue of the eighth unit is \$22 because it takes into account the effects of previous units sold. The marginal revenue curve in microeconomics typically slopes downward, meaning that as more units are sold, the marginal revenue decreases. This could explain why the marginal revenue of the eighth unit is higher than the MR slope, as it takes into account the impact of previous units sold on the overall revenue.

As for Question 3 Part (a), the deadweight loss (DWL) is typically defined as the loss of economic efficiency that occurs when the equilibrium quantity of a good or service is not produced. In this case, the top triangle may represent a potential loss of efficiency if the market were to produce at the socially optimal quantity, while the bottom triangle represents the actual loss of efficiency due to the market producing at a quantity lower than the socially optimal level. However, without more context or information, it is difficult to determine the exact reasoning behind the solution provided.

Overall, it is important to keep in mind that economics is a complex and dynamic field, and there may be multiple explanations or interpretations for these questions. It is always helpful to consult with a teacher or tutor who is well-versed in economics to gain a deeper understanding of these concepts.

## 1. What topics are covered on the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam?

The 2011 AP Microeconomics exam covered topics such as supply and demand, consumer and producer behavior, market structures, and economic efficiency and equity.

## 2. How many questions were on the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam?

The 2011 AP Microeconomics exam had a total of 60 multiple-choice questions and 3 free response questions.

## 3. How long was the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam?

The 2011 AP Microeconomics exam was a total of 2 hours and 10 minutes long, with a recommended 70 minutes for the multiple-choice section and 60 minutes for the free response section.

## 4. What score do I need to pass the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam?

The passing score for the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam was a 3, with a score of 4 or 5 considered to be a high score.

## 5. Can I use a calculator on the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam?

Yes, a calculator was allowed on the 2011 AP Microeconomics exam. However, some questions may require students to perform calculations by hand.

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