limiting factor


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limiting factor

  1. (in chemical processes) a component that limits the amount of the product that can be formed or its rate of formation, because it is present in small quantities. For example, light intensity can be a limiting factor in PHOTOSYNTHESIS.
  2. (in ecology) a factor that restricts the numbers of a population, such as food or nest sites.
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3: CALCULATING EACH PRODUCT'S CONTRIBUTION PER UNIT OF LIMITING FACTOR A B C D Selling price 44 50 30 70 ([pounds sterling]) Variable 26 28 15 37 costs ([pounds sterling]) Contribution 18 22 15 33 ([pounds sterling]) Limiting 4 5 3 5 factor (kg of material used) Contribution 4.
Often it is energy that is the limiting factor for whitetails.
He stated, "The inductors of channel induction furnaces are normally the limiting factors in campaign life.
However, limiting factors include the liquidity of the stock, the amount of stock available to borrow (allowing the executing firm to hedge itself) and ownership covenants prohibiting pledging of the shares by the holder.
Participants posed the following questions: What are the limiting factors to the success of interactive systems?
The Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1998 would expand that law to include crimes based on bias against someone because of gender, sexual orientation or a disability, and eliminate the six federally protected activities as limiting factors.
As the nation continues to deal with the problems left in the wake of the 1980's, "several familiar limiting factors, such as credit availability and demographic influences indicate that 1993 will be a very different second year of recovery," said Murray.
Take a scenario where labour and material are the limiting factors in a problem and the optimum production plan is where the company should make 1,000 units of X and 500 units of Y, leading to a contribution of [pounds sterling]5,000.