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Financial Accounting: Tools for Business Decision Making, 7th Edition by Donald E. Kieso, Jerry J. Weygandt, Paul D. Kimmel

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CHAPTER 1

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INTRODUCTION TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

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LEARNING OBJECTIVES

After studying this chapter, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the primary forms of business organization.
  2. Identify the users and uses of accounting information.
  3. Explain the three principal types of business activity.
  4. Describe the content and purpose of each of the financial statements.
  5. Explain the meaning of assets, liabilities, and stockholders’ equity, and state the basic accounting equation.
  6. Describe the components that supplement the financial statements in an annual report.

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KNOWING THE NUMBERS

Many students who take this course do not plan to be accountants. If you are in that group, you might be thinking, “If I'm not going to be an accountant, why do I need to know accounting?” Well, consider this quote from Harold Geneen, the former chairman of IT&T: “To be good at your business, you have to know the numbers—cold.” In business, accounting and financial statements ...

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