Identify a company in your local area that you would classify as a monopoly. Explain why you classified the company as a monopoly, and state how the company relates to at least two characteristics of that particular market.
From the e-Activity article, explain your position on whether or not Apple is stifling competition and monopolizing the tablet market. Examine the type of market structure within which Apple operates. Support your answer by relating to each of the characteristics described in Chapter 8 of your textbook.
Read the article titled “Aging US Power Grid Blacks Out More Than Any Other Developed Nation” under the Smart Grid terms section of the Science Corner. You can also view the article at http://www.ibtimes.com/aging-us-power-grid-blacks-out-more-any-other-developed-nation-1631086. Next, assess the efficiency of the current state of the national electric grid in the United States. Then, describe the key challenges in updating this grid to a so-called “smart grid”.
Read the article titled “Earth's Inconstant Magnetic Field” under the Earth’s Magnetic Field terms section of the Science Corner. You can also view the article at http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/29dec_magneticfield.html. Next, summarize the main reasons why the researchers stated that “our planet's magnetic field is in a constant state of change”. Then, discuss the overall manner in which a magnetic reversal might impact human activities on Earth. Include one (1) example of such impact to support your response.