In Foundations of Microeconomics, Robin Bade and Michael Parkin provide a serious, yet accessible economics course that is focused on helping students understand the basic principles of economics, connecting these principles to today's economic issues, and developing a lasting interest in economics as a relevant part of their own lives. "The overriding focus of this text is to teach students economics through practical exercises" Foundations of Microeconomics features a tightly constructed pedagogical approach that never wavers from its goal - to give students an in-depth understanding of important economic principles in a way that is clear, concise, and concerned every step of the way with engaging students' interest and understanding. This text is shorter than most and focused on key concepts - but not watered down. The glue that holds together the chapters and the entire teaching/learning package is the "Checkpoint" feature. Bade and Parkin know that the best time to review material is when it's fresh in students' minds. "Checkpoints" reinforce the key points of the chapter by amplifying concepts with a full page of practice problems and solutions that immediately reinforce the learning objectives and strengthen students' understanding of the material. Efoundations, the text's Web site, includes a complete eText, integrated links to the eStudy Guide, Foundations Interactive, Economics in the News, and a full range of Web resources including self assessment quizzes with links back to the eText. Features and Benefits Each chapter focuses on three to four core concepts to allow students to thoroughly explore, analyze, and review a concept before moving on to the next one. Learning objectives are explicitly linked at the beginning of each chapter to the core concepts and to checkpoints and chapter summaries. 'Checkpoints' guide students through the material in a step-by-step approach that takes the guesswork out of learning. 'Checkpoints' are linked explicitly to specific pages in the Study Guide and corresponding eFoundations Web site material. Chapters are formatted with a carefully balanced blend of text and graphics that provide visual clarification without clutter or unnecessary distractions. A stimulating variety of graphs, tables, and charts illustrate key concepts clearly and concisely. The explanation of a graph always falls on the same page as the graph itself. The writing style throughout is fluid and conversational, reinforcing the underlying principle that economics is an everyday issue that can be addressed in everyday language. A comprehensive, dynamic electronic environment caters to different learning styles - eText, eStudy Guide, Foundations Interactive, four types of PowerPoint slides - some with video links, Web links, and audio - and more. Introductory chapters individually tailored to micro issues. A unique chapter on efficiency and fairness of markets -a topic of great interest to students.