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Econ300

Fall 2014

First Midterm Exam


version A

This exam consists of 25 multiple choice questions. The maximum duration of the exam is 50
minutes.
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10. Choose the single best possible answer for each question.

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1. Which one is NOT a function on the domain (1, )?


2

A. =
B. = 1 + 2
1
C. = 5
1

D. = +2
E. None of the above
2. The function = 2 + 5 is
A. Concave
B. Convex
C. Linear
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

3. The roots of the equation () = 2 3 are


A. {0, 3}
1
B. {0, 3}
C. { 3,0}
D. {3, 0, 3}
E. None of the above

4. Consider the function = 0.4 0.6 where y is output, K is capital and L is labor. A formula
for the isoquant is
A. = 5/2 / 3/2
B. = 2.5/
C. = 4 /3
D. = 0.6 5 /
E. None of the above

5. The difference quotient of = 4 + 5 is

A. 4 3 + 5
B. (2 + )2 + 5
C. 4 3 + 3 2 + 3()2 + 5
D. 4 3 + 6 2 + 4()2 + ()3 + 5
E. None of the above

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6. Which function is continuous on the domain [1, )?


A. = 5 + 2
B. = 2 ln(3 + )
C. If > 3, = 2 2 ; if 3, = 3 + 9
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

7. The function f is convex if and only if


A. f is at or above all secant lines
B. the average rate of change is decreasing
C. for all a, b in domain and in [0,1], f ( a + (1 )b) f (a ) + (1 ) f (b)
D. All of the above
E. None of the above
8. You invest $15 at 20% interest with continuous compounding. What is it worth after 4 years?
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.

$30.64
$31.10
$31.79
$33.38
None of the above

9. What is the present value of $200 in 5 years with 15% annual interest compounded yearly?
A. $94.47
B. $96.72
C. $99.44
D. $103.28
E. None of the above
10. For 0 < < < 1 and 0 < < 1, what can you say about log a ( x) and log b ( x) ?
A. Both functions are convex
B. log a ( x) > log b ( x)
C. The slope of log a ( x) is steeper than the slope of log b ( x) at point
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

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11. Your mutual fund increased in value from $10 to $40 over the last 7 years. What was the
average annual return with continuous compounding for the mutual fund over the 7-year
period?
A. 12.39%
B. 15.92%
C. 19.80%
D. 23.17%
E. None of the above
2

12. Simplify ln 1+2 2

A. 1 4 ln
B. 2 2ln(1 + 2 2 )
4
C. 2 1+2 2
D. 1 + 2
E. None of the above

13. How many years does it take for $20 to grow to $50 with 3% interest and annually
compounding?
A. 34.12
B. 32.65
C. 31.00
D. 30.54
E. None of the above
14. Consider the following system. Supply: = 2 1; Demand: = 4 3. The
equilibrium quantity and price are
A. (1, $1)
B. (2, $3)
C. (3, $1)
D. (1, $2)
E. None of the above

15. Suppose the function has an inverse function 1 . Then


A. must be strictly increasing
B. 1 must be strictly decreasing
C. ( 1 ) 1 must be strictly monotonic
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

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16. Suppose () = 3 2 2 . Then

A. f is decreasing
B. f is decreasing on the domain [0,1]
C. f is increasing when < 0
D. f is increasing when > 1
E. None of the above

17. The difference quotient of = 2 is


A. 2 1
B. 2 + 1
C. 2
D. 4 2 2
E. None of the above

18. If the difference quotient of is 2 3 4 + 3 + ()2, then is


A. 12 3

23 4 +3+()2

B.

C. 2 3 4
D. 6
E. None of the above
19. Total revenue = , where = 5 2 . The average rate of change of total revenue is
A. 5 2Q Q
B. 5 2Q P
C. 5 2 2
D. 5 2Q
E. None of the above

20. The derivative of () is

A. The average rate of change as x approaches to 0


f ( x + x) f ( x)
B. lim
x 0
x
C. The slope of the tangent line at
D. All of the above
E. None of the above

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21. Revenue is () = 4 2 2 . Marginal revenue is


A. 2
B. 4 2()2
C. 2
D. 4 4
E. None of the above

22. Let = (2 2 + 1). The derivative of y is


A. 2
B. 1 + 3
C. 6 2 + 1
D. 2 +
E. None of the above

23. Let = 2 . The differential of y is


A. (2) 2
B. 2 2
C. 2 +
D. 2 2 +
E. None of the above

24. Suppose a financial index grows at a continuously compounding rate of 5% for one year.
What is the effective rate?
A. Exactly 5%
B. Less than 5%
C. More than 5%
D. All of the above
E. None of the above
25. Let = 2 2 3, 0 = 2 and = 3, then the approximated change in using differential
is
A. 35
B. 2
C. 33
D. 15
E. None of the above

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