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AFC: The abbreviation for average fixed cost, which is fixed cost per unit of output, found by dividing total fixed cost by the quantity of output. Average fixed cost is one of three related cost averages. The other two are average variable cost and avarage total cost. Average fixed cost decreases with larger quantities of output. Because fixed cost is FIXED and does not change with the quantity of output, a given cost is spread more thinly per unit as quantity increases. A thousand dollars of fixed cost averages out to $10 per unit if only 100 units are produced. But if 10,000 units are produced, then the average shrinks to a mere 10 cents per unit.

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Lesson Contents
Unit 1: Economics
  • Definition
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  • Unit 1 Summary
  • Unit 2: Doing Economics
  • Science and Policy
  • The Fields
  • Unit 2 Summary
  • Unit 3: The Economy
  • An Economy
  • A Mixed Economy: Markets and Government
  • A Mixed Economy: The Mix
  • Unit 3 Summary
  • Unit 4: Economic Goals
  • Economic Goals
  • Tradeoffs
  • Unit 4 Summary
  • Unit 5: Economic Policies
  • The Concept
  • Reasons
  • Problems
  • Unit 5 Summary
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    Economic Basics

    Being the very first lesson in this course, this provides an introduction and overview of economics. You'll come across a lot of basic concepts and terms. The full importance of these may not become apparent until later lessons, but they will be important. The five units making up this lesson set the stage for the further study of economics.

    • The first unit offers up a basic definition and provides two useful lists -- the three questions of allocation and the seven rules of economics.
    • The second unit then explores the practice of economics, including positive and normative economics, macroeconomics and microeconomics, and six common logical fallacies.
    • In the third unit, we turn our attention to the economy, especially how real world economies contain a mix of markets and governments.
    • We then examine the five basic goals of a mixed economy in the fourth unit, include the three macro goals of full employment, stability, and growth; and the two micro goals of efficiency and equity.
    • The fifth and final unit in this lesson considers assorted economic policies that governments use to achieve the five economic goals.

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    SEVEN ECONOMIC RULES

    A set of seven fundamental notions that reflect the study of economics and how the economy operates. They are: (1) scarcity, (2) subjectivity, (3) inequality, (4) competition, (5) imperfection, (6) ignorance, and (7) complexity.

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    Today, you are likely to spend a great deal of time flipping through mail order catalogs trying to buy either arch supports for your shoes or an AC adapter that works with your MPG player. Be on the lookout for strangers with large satchels of used undergarments.
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    The first paper notes printed in the United States were in denominations of 1 cent, 5 cents, 25 cents, and 50 cents.
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    -- Winston Churchill, Statesman

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