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UNLIMITED WANTS AND NEEDS: A characteristic of people such that they are never totally satisfied with the quantity and variety of goods and services. This is one half of the fundamental problem of scarcity that has plagued humanity since the beginning of time. The other half of the scarcity problem is limited resources. Unlimited wants and needs essentially means that people never get "enough"--that there's always something else that they would want or need.

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Lesson 5: Demand | Unit 3: Demand Curve Page: 10 of 20

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A demand schedule can be use to plot a demand curve.
  • The connected plotted points are called a demand curve.
  • A demand curve has negative slope.
  • Higher prices correspond with smaller quantities.
  • The demand curve embodies the law of demand.

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PERFECT COMPETITION, CHARACTERISTICS

The four key characteristics of perfect competition are: (1) a large number of small firms, (2) identical products sold by all firms, (3) perfect resource mobility or the freedom of entry into and exit out of the industry, and (4) perfect knowledge of prices and technology.

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Helping spur the U.S. industrial revolution, Thomas Edison patented nearly 1300 inventions, 300 of which came out of his Menlo Park "invention factory" during a four-year period.
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