Basics of Engineering Economy – L. Blank, A. Tarquin – 1st Edition


Basics of Economy, provides undergraduate and practicing professionals with a solid in the understanding of and projects, as well as the techniques needed for evaluating and making sound economic decisions. Information on , depreciation, and taxes has been updated to conform to new tax laws and a majority of the end-of-chapter are revised or new to this edition.

Distinguishing pedagogical characteristics of this market-leading text include its easy-to-read writing style, chapter objectives, worked examples, integrated spreadsheets, case studies, Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam , and numerous end-of-chapter problems. Graphical cross-referencing is indicated so users are able to locate additional material on any one subject in the text. Quick-solve (Q-Solv) and Excel-solve (E-Solve) icons found in the text indicate the difficulty of a problem, example, or spreadsheet.

Table of Content

Level 1 This is How It All Starts
Chapter 1: Foundations of Engineering Economy
Chapter 2: Factors: How Time and Interest Affect Money
Chapter 3: Combining Factors
Chapter 4: Nominal and Effective Interest Rates

Level 2 Tools for Evaluating Alternatives
Chapter 5: Present Worth Analysis
Chapter 6: Annual Worth Analysis
Chapter 7: Rate of Return Analysis: Single Alternative
Chapter 8: Rate of Return Analysis: Multiple Alternatives
Chapter 9: Benefit/Cost Analysis and Public Sector Economics
Chapter 10: Making Choices: the Method, MARR, and Multiple Attributes

Level 3 Making Decisions on Real-World Projects
Chapter 11: Replacement and Retentions Decisions
Chapter 12: Selection from Independent Projects Under Budget Limitation
Chapter 13: Breakeven Analysis

Level 4 Rounding Out the Study
Chapter 14: Effects of Inflation
Chapter 15: Cost Estimation and Indirect Cost Allocation
Chapter 16: Depreciation Methods
Chapter 17: After-Tax Economic Analysis
Chapter 18: Formalized Sensitivity Analysis and Expected Value Decisions
Chapter 19: More on Variation and Decision Making Under Risk

Appendix A Using Spreadsheets and Microsoft Excel
Appendix B Basics of Accounting Reports and Business Ratios
Appendix C: Comparing Economic Alternatives (from Gottfried's, Spreadsheet Tools for Engineers Using Excel)

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