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FOUNDATIONS OF ENGINEERING ECONOMY

**Why Engineering Economy is Important to Engineers
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Engineers must be concerned with the economic aspects of designs and projects they recommend and perform Engineers must work within the realm of economics and justification of engineering projects Work with limited funds Capital is not unlimited Capital does not belong to the firm Belongs to the Owners of the firm Capital is not free it has a cost

**Role of Engineering Economy in Decision Making
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Engineering Economy is a set of tools that aid in decision making but will not make the decision for you Engineering economy is based mainly on estimates of future events must deal with the future and risk and uncertainty The parameters within an engineering economy problem can and will vary over time Sensitivity Analysis

Problem Solving Approach 1. Implement and monitor Major Role of Engineering Economy One of the most difficult tasks . Define the feasible alternatives 4. Select the best alternative 6. Understand the Problem Where the major tools of Engr. Collect all relevant data/information 3. Economy are applied 2. Evaluate each alternative 5.

Time Value of Money Time Value of Money Money can make money if Invested The change in the amount of money over a given time period is called the time value of money The most important concept in engineering economy .

Performing a Study To have a problem. one must have alternatives (two or more ways to solve a problem) Estimate the cash flows for the alternatives Analyze the cash flows for each alternative To analyze must have: Concept of the time value of $$ An Interest Rate Some measure of economic worth Evaluate and weigh Select. implement. and monitor .

taxes paid negative cash flows -. (magnitude and timing) positive cash flows--cash inflows Estimates of investment costs. operating costs.cash outflows .Parameters and Cash Flows Parameters First cost (investment amounts) Estimates of useful or project life Estimated future cash flows (revenues and expenses and salvage values) Interest rate Cash Flows Estimate flows of money coming into the firm revenues salvage values. etc.

. . . . Called a CASH FLOW DIAGRAM Similar to a free-body diagram in statics First.Cash Flow Diagramming Engineering Economy has developed a graphical technique for presenting a problem dealing with cash flows and their timing. some important TERMS .

The Cash Flow Diagram: CFD Extremely valuable analysis tool Graphical Representation on a time scale Does not have to be drawn to exact scale But. should be neat and properly labeled Assume a 5-year problem .

Displaying Cash Flows A sign convention is applied Positive cash flows are normally drawn upward from the time line Negative cash flows are normally drawn downward from the time line .

Net Cash Flows A NET CASH FLOW is Cash Inflows Cash Outflows (for a given time period) We normally assume that all cash flows occur: At the END of a given time period End-of-Period Assumption .

ORIGINAL AMOUNT ± LOAN INTEREST = TOTAL OWED NOW .INTEREST PER TIME UNIT INTEREST RATE ! INTEREST PER TIME UNIT ORIGINAL AMOUNT . RENTAL FEE PAID FOR THE USE OF SOMEONE ELSES MONEY ± INVESTMENT INTEREST = VALUE NOW .ORIGINAL AMOUNT INTEREST RATE .Interest Rate INTEREST .THE AMOUNT PAID TO USE MONEY.

3 You borrow $10.700 .Interest ± Lending Example Example 1.000 Interest Amount = $700 for the year Interest rate (i) = 700/$10.000 for one full year Must pay back $10.700 at the end of one year Interest Amount (I) = $10.$10.000 = 7%/Yr .

Notation Notation I = the interest amount is $ i = the interest rate (%/interest period) N = No.Interest Rate . of interest periods (1 for this problem) Interest Borrowing The interest rate (i) is 7% per year The interest amount is $700 over one year The $700 represents the return to the lender for this use of his/her funds for one year 7% is the interest rate charged to the borrower .

000 + (0.000 + $1..09)($20..000) = $1.09)($20.000) at end of 1 year Interest (I) = (0.800 Total Amt Paid one year hence $20.800 = $21.000 for 1 year at 9% interest per year i = 0.09 per year and N = 1 Year Pay $20. .800 Cash Flow Diagram.Interest ± Example Borrow $20.

not in terms of absolute numbers But they are equivalent in terms of the two measuring scales .EQUIVALENCE You travel at 68 miles per hour Equivalent to 110 kilometers per hour Thus: 68 mph is equivalent to 110 kph Using two measuring scales Is 68 equal to 110 ? No.

No.ECONOMIC EQUIVALENCE Economic Equivalence Two sums of money at two different points in time can be made economically equivalent if: We consider an interest rate and. of Time periods between the two sums Equality in terms of Economic Value .

4 Diagram the loan (Cash Flow Diagram) The company s perspective is shown $20.800 paid back here .Equivalence Illustrated Return to Example 1.000 is received here T=0 t = 1 Yr $21.

Equivalence Illustrated $20.800 one year from now IF the interest rate is set to equal 9%/year .800 paid back here $20.000 is received here T=0 t = 1 Yr $21.000 now is economically equivalent to $21.

To have economic equivalence you must specify: Timing of the cash flows An interest rate (i% per interest period) Number of interest periods (N) .000 now is not equal in magnitude to $21.800 1 year from now But. $20.Equivalence Illustrated $20.800 one year from now if the interest rate in 9% per year.000 now is economically equivalent to $21.

Simple and Compound Interest Two types of interest calculations Simple Interest Compound Interest Compound Interest is more common worldwide and applies to most analysis situations .

Simple and Compound Interest Simple Interest is calculated on the principal amount only Easy (simple) to calculate Simple Interest is: (principal)(interest rate)(time).. .. $I = (P)(i)(n) Borrow $1000 for 3 years at 5% per year Let P = the principal sum i = the interest rate (5%/year) Let N = number of years (3) Total Interest over 3 Years.

00 interest accrues but not paid Accrued means owed but not yet paid First Year: P=$1.00 2 3 .000 1 I1=$50.Year by Year Analysis $50.

00 I3=$50.End of 3 Years $150 of interest has accrued P=$1.00 2 3 I2=$50.00 The unpaid interest did not earn interest over the 3-year period Pay back $1000 + $150 of interest .000 1 I1=$50.

compounding means to compute the interest owed at the end of the period and then add it to the unpaid balance of the loan Interest then earns interest .Compound Interest Compound Interest is much different Compound means to stop and compute In this application.

50 I3=$55.Compound Interest Cash Flow For compound interest.000 + 50. 3 years. we have: P=$1.000 1 I1=$50.63 .50 + 55.13 2 3 Owe at t = 3 years: $1.00 I2=$52.00 + 52.13 = $1157.

00 Owe P1 = $1.050.00 .05) = $50.000 + 50 = $1.000(0.050 (but. we don t pay yet!) New Principal sum at end of t = 1: = $1.000 I1 = $1.Compound Interest: Calculated For the example: P0 = +$1.

go to year 3 .05) = $52.Compound Interest: t = 2 Principal and end of year 1: $1. .50 = $1102.00 I1 = $1.050.50 New unpaid balance or New Principal Amount Now.50 (owed but not paid) Add to the current unpaid balance yields: $1050 + 52.050(0.

50 + 55.125 = $55.102.50(0.63 This is the loan payoff at the end of 3 years Note how the interest amounts were added to form a new principal sum with interest calculated on that new amount .50 I3 = $1102.13 = $1157.05) = $55.Compound Interest: t = 3 New Principal sum: $1.13 Add to the beginning of year principal yields: $1102.

Terminology and Symbols P = value or amount of money at a time designated as the present or time 0. days. years. months. percent per year. end-of-period amounts of money. percent per month t = time. etc . stated in periods. F = value or amount of money at some future time. years i = interest rate or rate of return per time period. A = series of consecutive. n = number of interest periods. equal.

P and F The symbols P and F represent one-time occurrences: It should be clear that a present value P represents a single sum of money at some time prior to a future value F $F 0 1 2 n-1 t=n n $P .

Cash Flow diagram for annual amounts might look like the following: $A $A $A $A $A 0 1 2 3 ... end of period cash flow amounts .Annual Amounts It is important to note that the symbol A always represents a uniform mount (i. the same amount each period) that extends through consecutive interest periods.e. N-1 n A = equal.

Spreadsheets Excel supports (among many others) six built-in functions to assist in time value of money analysis Master each on your own and set up a variety of the homework problems (on your own) .

A.P. Study Examples 1.A.n.A.P) To find the equal.n. periodic value A: PMT(i%.P.A.F) These built-in Excel functions support a wide variety of spreadsheet models that are useful in engineering economy analysis.11 .P.F) To find the compound interest rate i: RATE(n.n.Excel¶s Financial Functions To find the present value P: PV(i%.F) To find the number of periods n: NPER(i%.F) To find the future value F: FV(i%.10 and 1.

once established by the firm is termed the Minimum Attractive Rate of Return (MARR) The MARR is expressed as a per cent per year In some circles.The MARR Firms will set a minimum interest rate that the financial managers of the firm require that all accepted projects must meet or exceed. the MARR is termed the Hurdle Rate . The rate.

Example 1. If the rate of return is estimated to be 15. construct the cash flow diagram.17 A father wants to deposit an unknown lump-sum amount into an investment opportunity 2 years from now that is large enough to withdraw $4000 per year for state university tuition for 5 years starting 3 years from now.5% per year. .

Rule of 72¶s for Interest A common question most often asked by investors is: How long will it take for my investment to double in value? Must have a known or assumed compound interest rate in advance Assume a rate of 13%/year to illustrate . .

Rule of 72¶s for Interest The Rule of 72 states: The approximate time for an investment to double in value given the compound interest rate is: Estimated time (n) = 72/i For i = 13%: 72/13 = 5.54 years .

Rule of 72¶s for Interest Likewise one can estimate the required interest rate for an investment to double in value over time as: i approximate = 72/n Assume we want an investment to double in say 3 years. Estimate i rate would be: 72/3 = 24% .

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