Open to: Grades 9 - 12
Eligibility: CTY-level or Advanced CTY-level math or verbal score required
Prerequisites: Completion of Algebra II or the equivalent
Course Length: 30 weeks (Academic Year)
Recommended School Credit: One academic year
Student Expectations: Students are strongly encouraged to work an average of 4-7 hours per week for the 30-week session with breaks for holidays.
Course Code: APMI
AP Microeconomics is an introduction to the study of the consumers and producers that make up the economy: households, firms, governments, and community organizations. The course provides particular emphasis on the function of consumers and producers within the economic system. The course also offers analysis of the markets in which consumers and producers interact as well as non-market economics. This course, which prepares students to take the AP Microeconomics exam, draws on software provided by Thinkwell. It has been reviewed and approved by the College Board to use the "AP" designation.
There are no required materials for this course.
Defining Economics and differentiating between Microeconomics and Macroeconomics
Applying the Concepts of Production Possibilities and Opportunity Cost using models
Comparative advantage, absolute advantage, specialization and international trade
Property rights and incentives
Circular flow model of an economy
Understanding the Concept of Value
Understanding and applying the Determinants of Supply and Demand in consumer markets
Determining a Competitive Equilibrium in purely competitive markets
Elasticity – price elasticity of Demand and Supply
Total Revenue and Elasticity
Government policies and interventions in free markets:
Consumer Equilibrium – Consumer Surplus, Producer Surplus and market efficiency
Constructing a Consumer's Budget Constraint
Short Run vs Long Run equilibrium in market structures
Determining a Firm's Return to Scale
Economic and Accounting Profit
Understanding the Role of Price
Finding the Firm's Profit -Maximizing Output
Finding the Firm's Shut-Down Point
Deriving the Short-Run Market Supply Curve
Examining Shifts in the Short-Run Market Supply Curve
Deriving the Long-Run Market Supply Curve
Examining the Firm's Long-Run and Short-Run Adjustments
Defining Monopoly Power vs Monopoly
Defining Monopolistic Competition
Defining the Monopolist's Profit Maximizing Output and Price
Determining the Social Cost of Monopoly
Understanding Pricing and Output under Monopolistic Competition
Oligopoly and the Prisoner's Dilemma
Understanding a Cartel using the prisoner`s dilemma model and payoff matrices
Assessing Monopolistically Competitive markets
Determining price and output in Monopolistically Competitive markets
Understanding governmental Monopoly Regulation
Understanding and applying the Determinants of Supply and Demand in factor markets
Purely competitive vs non purely competitive labor markets
Understanding Labor Market Power and Marginal Factor Cost
Analyzing the Labor Market and globalization
Public policy and evolving labor markets
Assessing market power in factor markets
Evaluating Market Failures and non-market functions
Social Cost and Social Benefit
Positive externalities, negative externalities, and correction through public policy
Evaluating Market Solutions to Externalities
Finding a Negotiated Settlement to an External Cost
Defining Public Goods
Understanding Public Choice
Income Distribution, equity, and sources of income inequality
This course requires a properly maintained computer with high-speed internet access and an up-to-date web browser (such as Chrome or Firefox). The student must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.
This course uses an online virtual classroom for discussions with the instructor. The classroom works on standard computers with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin, and also tablets or handhelds that support the Adobe Connect Mobile app. Students who are unable to attend live sessions will need a computer with the Adobe Connect Add-in or Adobe Flash plugin installed to watch recorded meetings. The Adobe Connect Add-in, Adobe Flash plugin, and Adobe Connect Mobile app are available for free download. Students who do not have the Flash plug-in installed or enabled on their browsers will be prompted to download and install the Adobe Connect add-in when accessing the virtual classroom.
This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.
While Chromebook can be used to progress through the course, all exams must be completed on a PC or Mac.
Select the image below to view the online demo (requires Flash plugin).