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Introduction to Economics

 

Note:  the use of the textbook cited in these assignments is as a secondary resource for the course.  The principal textbook is Economics Now.

 

Assignment 1:  A Definition of Economics and the Big Economic Questions

 

Reading:  pages 2-5 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 5)

 

Assignment 2:  Big Ideas of Economics

 

Reading:  pages 6-11 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 11) and define the eight big ideas in your own words.

 

Assignment 3:  What Economists Do

 

Reading:  pages 12-14 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

 

Define microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Write an imaginary job description for an economist.

 

Assignment 4:  Graphic Organizer

 

Prepare the information you have gathered about what economics is about and what it is and present it visually using Smart Ideas or other graphic organizer program.

 

 

The Economic Problem

 

Monday, February 9th: 

Assignment 1:  Resources and Wants

Reading:  pages 37-38 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 38).

 

Assignment 2:  Resources, Production Possibilities, and Opportunity Cost

Reading:  pages 39-41 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 41).

 

Tueday, February 10th:  

Assignment 3:  Using Resources Efficiently

Reading:  pages 42-44 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 44).

 

Assignment 4:  Economic Growth

Reading:  pages 45-46 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 46).

 

Thursday, February 11th: 

Assignment 5:  Gains From Trade

Reading:  pages 46-49 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 49).

 

Assignment 6:  The Market Economy

Reading:  pages 50-51 (Economics:  Canada in the Global Environment)

Answer Review Quiz questions (page 51).

 

Weekend Homework Assignment:

Complete Problems # 1, 6, and 7 (page 55-56).

 

 

Research Project:  Adam Smith

Due:  Monday, February 23 

Prepare a one-page hand-out on Adam Smith.  Here are some questions to consider to help guide your research:

 

  • Who was he?
  • Why is he an important figure in economics?
  • what were his views on the role of government?
  • what were his views on the role of the free market?  what is the "free market"?
  • what was the "invisible hand"?
  • how are Adam Smith's theories being judged today?

 

Some sites to get you started:

Concise Encyclopaedia of Economics

More information on Adam Smith

Website of Adam Smith Resources

 

12-Economics 

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