good day all

I am taking second year economics, but my textbook is not very clear on this topic

A quoted from

Intermediate Microeconomics and Its Application. Nicholson, Snyder. 11th Edition.

Used in question: 2 Extracts from textbook, 1 text and 1 graph:

Indifference Curve Used as reference:


Text Extract

Text Extract

Tutorial Question given by university:

Tutorial Question

My question:

From the extract, I understand that the MRS is determined by the change in hamburgers / change in softdrinks which gives MRS = |2|.

From my tutorial question, slightly different terminology was used ("consumption"), which resulted the answer shown.

I do not understand why the answer for the tutorial question is 1/5 and not 5 (based on the example from the book).

Help would be very much appreciated!


1 Answer 1


This is because the question is asking the MRS of soda for hotdogs not the MRS of hotdogs for soda.


$MRS(MU(soda),MU(hotdogs))=MU(soda)/MU(hamburgers)= 2/10=1/5$

To get 5 you need to solve the MRS of hotdogs to soda


Hope this helps.


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