Guitars

Suppose the demand for guitars in State College is given by Qd = 5,000 – 5P where Qd is the quantity demanded, and P is the price of guitars. Also, suppose the supply of guitars is given by Qs = 20P – 2000, where Qs is the quantity supplied of guitars.

a) Calculate the equilibrium price of guitars and the equilibrium quantity of guitars in State College. Show your work.

b) Suppose the actual price of guitars is $300. Determine if there is a shortage, a surplus, or if the market is in equilibrium at a price of $300. If there is a shortage or surplus, calculate how much the shortage or surplus is.

c) Given your answer to b), is the price of guitars likely to rise, fall, or stay the same?

d) Suppose guitars and guitar strings are complements. On the back, draw a graph indicating what will happen in the market for guitar strings if the price of guitars decreases. Be sure to label your graph carefully, putting Price on the vertical axis and Quantity on the horizontal axis. You do not need to have actual numbers on this graph, but you should clearly indicate how the decrease in the price of guitars will affect the market for guitar strings, and what will happen to the equilibrium price and quantity of guitar strings.

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Add the following vectors:
(a) (12, 5) + (6, 3)
(b) (−3, 8) + (6, −2)
(c) (3, 8, −7) + (7, 2, 17)
(d) (a, b, c) + (d, e, f)

Draw each of the following pairs of vectors on a coordinate system, using separate coordinate systems for parts a and b of the question. Then, on each coordinate system, also draw the vectors –B, A + B, and A – B. Label all your vectors.
(a) A = (0, 5); B = (3, 0)
(b) A = (4, 1); B = (2, –3)

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In addition, the stable owner is aware that an overfed horse is a sluggish worker. Consequently, he determines that 6 pounds of feed per day are the most that any horse needs to function properly. Formulate this problem and solve for the optimal daily mix of the three feeds that minimizes the total cost of the mix.

Eddie Kelly is running for reelection as mayor of a small town in Alabama. Jessica Martinez, Kelly’s campaign manager during this election, is planning the marketing campaign, and there is some stiff competition. Martinez has selected four ways to advertise: television ads, radio ads, billboards, and newspaper ads. The costs of these and the audience reached by each type of ad is shown in the table below.

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Daniel would like to minimize the beta of the stock portfolio (calculated using the sum product of each stock’s beta and the proportion of the investment in that stock). He requires an expected return of at least 11%. In addition, Daniel has decided that no more than 35% of the portfolio should be invested in any one stock.

Determine the proportion of the portfolio that should be in each stock. (For example, if 20% of the portfolio is in stock A, you will get an answer of 0.2). Since you are working with proportions, you will need a constraint that the sum of the proportions is equal to 1.

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1. Jacksonville Technical College received $3,445,553 in state aid on September 15 for the fall academic semester. The vice-president for finance decided to invest $2,000,000 in a 2-month investment that pays 11.5% simple interest. How much interest will the college earn on the investment? (15 points)

2. Barney Casey borrowed $40,000 from his parents for 2 years. He paid them a total of $45,000 at the end of the 2-year term of the simple interest loan. What rate of interest did he pay his parents? (15 points)

3. Sarai Sherman agreed to deposit $4,450 in an account paying 16% simple interest per year for 60 days. If she made the deposit on February 25, determine (a) the date of the end of the term of the investment, and (b) the ordinary interest Sarai will earn. (15 points)

4. Anna Cavanaugh loaned her friend Jason $1,000 for 6 months at 6% simple interest. What is the future value of the loan and how much finance charge will Jason pay? (15 points)

5. Acton can choose from two loan offers: $12,000 at 8% simple interest for 9 months; or a $12,000 9-month discounted loan at 7% discount. Based on the actual interest paid and the true rate on the discounted loan, which of the two loan offers will Acton choose? Explain your answer. (40 points)

6. Envision that you have served as business manager of Media World for over 2 years. You have noticed that for the last 12 months the business has regularly had cash assets of $20,000 or more at the end of each month. You have found a 6-month certificate of deposit that pays 6% compounded monthly. To obtain this rate of interest, you must invest a minimum of $2,000. You have also found a high interest savings account that pays 3% compounded daily. Based on the cash position of the business at this time, assume that you decide to invest $4,000.

1. Assume that you will invest the full amount in a certificate of deposit.

a. What would be the future value of the CD at the end of the investment term? (14 points)
b. How much interest would the investment earn for the period? (14 points)
c. What would be the effective rate of the investment?(14 points)

2. Assume that you decide to invest the $4,000 in the high-interest savings account.

a. What future value would you expect to receive at the end of 6 months? (14 points)
b. How much interest would the investment earn for the period? (14 points)
c. What would be the effective rate of the investment? (14 points)

3. Write a recommendation to the partners justifying a short-term investment of business funds at this time, recommending one of these investments. Include your analysis from questions 1 and 2 in your recommendation