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    Limestone Construction purchased a concrete mixer on July 15, 2011. Company officials revealed the following information regarding this asset and its acquisition:

    Purchase price....................$210,000

    Residual value...................................$20,000

    Estimated useful life...................................9 years

    Estimated service hours...................................50,000

    Estimated production in units.......................................375,000 yards

    The concrete mixer was operated by construction crews in 2011 for a total of 6,500 hours, and it produced 49,500 yards of concrete.

    It is company policy to take a half-year's depreciation on all assets for which it used the straight-line or duble-decllining balance depreciation method in the year of purchase.

    Calculate the resulting depreciation expense for 2011 under each of the following methods, and specify which method allows the greatest depreciation expense.

    1) Double-declining balance
    2) Productive output
    3) Service hours
    4) Straight-line.

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    1) Double-declining balance

    In the double declining balance method, depreciation is calculated as
    Opening book value X 2/useful life
    For 2011, the opening book value will be the cost of asset which is $210,000. The useful life is 9 years
    Depreciation = 210,000 X 2/9 = 46,667. It is mentioned that in the year of purchase, ...

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