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Assignment Overview

Review the three components in the background material to answer the questions and make computations relating to cost behavior and break-even analysis.

Case Assignment

Part 1

Ten Short-Answer Questions

  1. Differentiate between variable and fixed costs. Describe the two major behavior patterns. What if a cost has characteristics of both patterns?
  2. What is meant by the term break-even point? What is a potential benefit of calculating break-even?
  3. Why is the concept of relevant range crucial for understanding fixed-cost behavior?
  4. What is the formula for calculating the break-even point in sales revenue?
  5. What formula is used to solve for the break-even point in units?
  6. How can the break-even formula be altered to calculate the number of units that must be sold to achieve a desired level of income (target income)? Show the formula and explain.
  7. What effect would you expect the mechanization and automation of production processes to have on the break-even point?
  8. Why might a business wish to lower its break-even point? How would it go about lowering the break-even point?
  9. Describe three ideas that can lower the break-even point and include a simple example with numbers.

Part II

Real-World Example

Review the background material and do some research to find a real-world example where cost-volume-profit analysis was applied or could be applied. Information can be found in the news, research papers, and on investment sites. Another option is to locate the financial statements for a company, make some assumptions, and prepare your own break-even analysis from an external point of view. Describe the situation and the results. Show computations when appropriate.

Assignment Expectations

Part I

Write 3–5 sentences for each question.

Part II

Write an essay (300–500 words).

Show sources when appropriate and APA format is suggested, but not required.