This class was tough.
In this course students master the fundamental micro and macroeconomic concepts through their application. For example, Mr. McDonald has students write article commentaries where a student must relate a topic learned in class, such interest rates, to a real world occurrence. Furthermore, while Mr. McDonald occasionally lectures, he ensures that there is a good amount of group work to facilitate the exchange of different opinions on economic concepts and to make the class more entertaining. After taking this course I decided I wanted to major in Economics. I highly recommend this course to anyone who is vaguely interested in economics or math because it doesn't go too in depth but gives you a firm understanding of the basic concepts.
One highlight of this course was the unit on economic development. While macroeconomics and microeconomics are very theoretical and mathematical, economic development dealt more with society and the government, which was very interesting for me. It was also nice when Mr. McDonald made Kahoots before quizzes or tests to help us understand the material in a fun way. He also found videos about the economy in the news, and even showed us a funny music video of a rap between Keynes and Hayek. My favorite part was the second semester when we learned about microeconomics. Some topics we covered were the different types of economies/firms (oligopoly, monopoly, perfect competition), costs for firms, and elasticity.
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Advice for students:
Remember to read the textbook before any quiz or test! The textbook has all the information you need. It is pretty difficult to read because there are lots of specific/trivial details in it, but it is worth the extra couple of hours to read it. I also took notes when I read to come back to the notes to study for the AP tests later. Also, don't procrastinate on the final project! It takes about 6 hours to do and requires a lot of research.