# Chapter 4. Figure It Out 9.3

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The Power Tires Company has market power and faces the demand curve shown in the figure below. The firm’s marginal cost curve is MC = 30 + 3Q.

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Incorrect. The MR curve starts at the same point as the inverse demand curve, but has twice the slope. The inverse demand curve starts at \$300, and has a slope of -300/100, or -3. So, the MR curve must start at 300 and have a slope of -6. Therefore, MR = 300 – 6Q. For further review see section “Market Power and Marginal Revenue”.
Correct! The MR curve starts at the same point as the inverse demand curve (300), but has twice the slope, or -6. So, MR = 300 – 6Q. For further review see section “Market Power and Marginal Revenue”.

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b. What is the firm’s profit-maximizing output and price?

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The firm’s profit maximizing output is udX0h74V+w0=

The firm’s profit maximizing price is \$ DBKUZ9Q6a19P3UJx6NdVbQ==

The firm’s profit-maximizing output is found where MR = MC. Power Tire’s marginal revenue is 300 – 6Q; its marginal cost is 30 + 3Q. So, MR = MC when 300 – 6Q = 30 + 3Q, or when Q = 30. Plug that quantity into the inverse demand curve to find the profit-maximizing price of \$210. For further review see section “Profit Maximization for a Firm with Market Power”.

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c. If the firm’s demand changes to P = 240 – 2Q while its marginal cost remains the same, what is the firm’s profit-maximizing level of output and price? How does this compare to your answer for part (b)?

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The firm’s new profit maximizing output is udX0h74V+w0=

The firm’s new profit maximizing price is \$ nQMWdaHWYW5A8q8M

The firm’s profit-maximizing output is found where MR = MC. Power Tires’ new marginal revenue is 240 – 4Q (recall that the marginal revenue curve starts at the same point as the inverse demand curve, but has twice the slope). Power Tires’ marginal cost is 30 + 3Q. So, MR = MC when 240 – 4Q = 30 + 3Q, or when Q = 30. Plug that quantity into the new demand curve to find the profit-maximizing price of \$180. For further review see section “Profit Maximization for a Firm with Market Power”.