I'm doing an introductory economics course, having never done economics before. In our topics, we covered monopoly and the principle that the marginal revenue slope is twice that of the demand slope. I have also seen it stated elsewhere that the y-intercept of the two is also the same. However, if I calculate the marginal revenue equation and if I graph it, I get a different y-intercept to that of the demand slope (see below). As a result, I am always 0.5 units away from the given solution.
If the demand equation is as follows: $P = k + aQ$, then $MR = Q\times(k+aQ) - (Q-1)(k+a(Q-1))$. This simplifies to $MR = (k-a) + 2aQ$. (Note, a is normally negative, so $-a$ would essentially be adding to $k$).
Can anyone explain to me what I'm doing wrong?
The demand curve of one example was given as: $P = 120 - 2Q$
Here are my calculations: $MR = Q \times (120 - 2Q) - (Q - 1) \times (120 - 2(Q - 1))$
$MR = 120 Q - 2Q^2 - (Q - 1) \times (122 - 2Q)$
$MR = 120Q - 2Q^2 - (122Q - 2Q^2 - 122 + 2Q)$
$MR = 120Q - 2Q^2 - 124Q + 2Q^2 + 122$
$MR = 122 - 4Q$