Features for the Student

chapter-opener

The following features of Economics for Life are designed to help students used the textbooks effectively and complete the course successfully.

Chapter Opener

Every chapter begins with a two-page spread. These two pages set the theme for the chapter. Like a trailer for a movie, this opening spread gives you a preview of what is coming and prepares you for the “feature presentation.”

Every chapter has a title and a subtitle. The main title summarizes the content of the chapter in plain language. The subtitle for the chapter is in the language economists use when referring to the concepts.

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are repeated at the beginning of each main section of the book and provide an important reminder of what you will learn in each section.

Refresh

The Refresh feature provides three questions that require you to review and apply the concepts in the preceding section. These questions give you the opportunity to assess your understanding of the principles developed in the section.

Key Terms

Key terms are bolded in the text where they first appear, and definitions for key terms are in the margin. A complete list of all key terms and definitions are in the glossary at the end of the book.

Economics Out There

These feature boxes provide real-world examples of the economic principle being discussed. The stories told in Economics Out There help you make connections between the concepts in the chapter and everyday life.

Notes

In the margin, you will see notes that provide a quick explanation of the idea, concept, or principle being discussed in the narrative.

Three Keys to Smart ChoicesThree Keys Icon

In keeping with the theme of making smart choices, you will also find an icon in the margin beside text that discusses the Three Keys to Smart Choices. The key (or keys) being discussed is indicated by the number on the key icon.

Study Guide

At the end of each chapter you will find a study guide designed to assist you in reviewing and testing your understanding of the material in the chapter. The study guide for each chapter includes:

  • Chapter Summary
  • 15 True/False Questions
  • 15 Multiple Choice Questions

Chapter Summary

Organized by section, the summary recaps the main ideas in each chapter. The first item (in red) under each section head is the most important point in that section. All key terms are in bold.

True/False Questions

There are 15 true/false questions, organized by learning objective. The heading next to each learning objective number gives you the topic of the questions that follow. Each question is answered at the end of the book, with a brief explanation.

Multiple Choice Questions

There are 15 multiple choice questions organized by learning objective. The heading next to each learning objective number gives you the topic of the questions that follow. Each question is answered at the end of the book, with a brief explanation.