Ch 17: MTTC: Microeconomics

About This Chapter

The videos in this chapter will help you improve your understanding of principles of microeconomics as you study for the MTTC Business, Management, Marketing and Technology exam.

MTTC: Microeconomics - Chapter Summary

With this chapter, get a refresher on the principles of microeconomics before you take the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC): Business, Management, Marketing and Technology. This series of short, engaging lesson videos will discuss the difference between microeconomics and macroeconomics, inflation, scarcity and other important concepts in microeconomics. Completing this chapter can prepare you for questions on the exam about:

  • Components of GDP
  • Measures of the unemployment rate
  • Types, causes and effects of inflation
  • Microeconomic perspectives of market equilibrium
  • The flow of economic activity
  • Functions of choice and economic scarcity
  • Opportunity cost and production possibilities
  • Impact of monopolies

Test your knowledge of the topics presented in these lessons with the corresponding quizzes. Use the results from these quizzes to find topics that you haven't mastered yet and return to those main concepts with the jump feature in the timeline. Once you've watched all these lessons, gauge your overall understanding of the chapter by completing the chapter exam.

MTTC: Microeconomics Objectives

The MTTC: Business, Management, Marketing and Technology is part of the certification process for prospective teachers wanting to teach business, management or marketing classes in the state of Michigan. This paper-based certification exam uses 100 multiple-choice questions administered in a 4.5 hour testing session to test your understanding of business, management, marketing and technology. Roughly 25% of the questions on this exam ask you about topics of management, including questions about microeconomics principles.

17 Lessons in Chapter 17: MTTC: Microeconomics
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Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics

1. Microeconomics vs. Macroeconomics

In this lesson, we learn how economics touches every aspect of human life. Focusing on the central ideas of scarcity and utility, we see how economics plays out in its two largest fields, microeconomics and macroeconomics.

Gross Domestic Product: Definition and Components

2. Gross Domestic Product: Definition and Components

Learn how economists measure the total production of an economy using gross domestic product (GDP). This lesson also outlines the components that make up a GDP. How do we calculate the economic value of a nation?

Defining and Measuring the Unemployment Rate

3. Defining and Measuring the Unemployment Rate

You've probably heard about the unemployment rate, especially given how high it was in the 2008 recession. Find out how economists define unemployment, what the unemployment rate is, and how to calculate it in this lesson.

Inflation: Definition, Types, Causes & Effects

4. Inflation: Definition, Types, Causes & Effects

In this lesson we will take a look at inflation and its importance. We will discuss the types and causes of inflation, as well as look at the effects of inflation.

Effects of Inflation on Suppliers and Demanders

5. Effects of Inflation on Suppliers and Demanders

In this lesson, you'll discover who benefits and who suffers from a sustained increase in prices within an economy. We'll cover the effects of expected and unexpected inflation on savers/creditors and borrowers/debtors.

Understanding the Demand Curve in Microeconomics

6. Understanding the Demand Curve in Microeconomics

Learn what the demand curve in microeconomics is. Find out the common components of the demand curve and how they are created. See what causes a movement along a demand curve and what causes a shift of the entire curve.

The Supply Curve in Microeconomics

7. The Supply Curve in Microeconomics

Learn about the supply curve and its unique characteristics. Find out some of the common terms used when discussing the supply curve and the difference between a movement along a supply curve and a shift of the entire curve. See some examples of each.

Market Equilibrium from a Microeconomics Perspective

8. Market Equilibrium from a Microeconomics Perspective

Learn about the definition of market equilibrium. Learn how to identify the equilibrium point on a supply and demand graph and discover what causes this point to change in our everyday lives.

Circular Flow of Economic Activity: The Flow of Goods, Services & Resources

9. Circular Flow of Economic Activity: The Flow of Goods, Services & Resources

Learn about the simple model used to describe where money goes and what it is exchanged for in a market economy. The circular flow model of economic activity shows you the basic relationships between households, firms and the government.

Microeconomic Resources: Scarcity & Utility

10. Microeconomic Resources: Scarcity & Utility

For economics to work, we must assume that resources are scarce and that people will work to secure the greatest utility possible. This lesson explains both scarcity and utility and what they mean for people everywhere.

Economic Scarcity and the Function of Choice

11. Economic Scarcity and the Function of Choice

Discover the foundation of the social science of economics as we explore the basic economic problem of scarce resources and unlimited wants using key definitions that create a framework for understanding everyday behavior in a nation.

The Importance of Consumer Choice in Economics

12. The Importance of Consumer Choice in Economics

Nothing makes a business happier than when we buy something they sell - well, maybe when we buy two of what they sell! This lesson explains why smart companies and governments try to understand everything about you to sell you more.

Opportunity Cost: Definition & Real World Examples

13. Opportunity Cost: Definition & Real World Examples

Learn the most important concept of economics through the use of real-world scenarios that highlight both the benefits and the costs of decisions. Opportunity cost is a simple yet powerful principle that reveals how to make the best economic decisions possible, and it explains why people make the choices they do.

How to Calculate Opportunity Cost

14. How to Calculate Opportunity Cost

Learn the formula that reveals the economic value in any major choice between two possibilities. Every choice involves tradeoffs, and opportunity cost shows you how to measure these tradeoffs.

Applying the Production Possibilities Model

15. Applying the Production Possibilities Model

Producers in the economy use a visual model, called the production possibilities curve, to make the most efficient production decisions and maximize output. Learn how this model reveals the tradeoffs of every production decision with the simplified example of an economy that produces only two goods.

Shifts in the Production Possibilities Curve

16. Shifts in the Production Possibilities Curve

In this lesson you will learn how changes inside an economy lead to changes in the production possibilities of a nation. See how different scenarios from everyday life lead to shifts in the production possibilities curve.

What is a Monopoly in Economics? - Definition & Impact on Consumers

17. What is a Monopoly in Economics? - Definition & Impact on Consumers

In this lesson, you will learn about monopolistic markets and what a monopoly means for producers and consumers. After this lesson, you will understand why the name of one of our all-time favorite board games really makes perfect sense.

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