Econ 214 
Marius Jurgilas 

Spring, 2007 
Office: Monteith 444 

Tu, Th 2:003:15 pm 
Phone: 4864443 

Classroom: Arjona 311 
Email: marius.jurgilas@uconn.edu 


Web: www.jurgilas.net 

MATHEMATICS FOR ECONOMISTS
Course description & prerequisites: The aim of this course is to provide a better understanding of the quantitative methods commonly used by economists in business and research, to clarify the link between economics concepts and mathematical methods, and to improve your ability to model and analyze various economic problems. Prerequisites for this course are: ECON 102 or 113 or ECON 111 and 112; MATH 106Q or 113Q or 115Q or 118Q.
Textbook:
The required textbook for this course is: [1] Klein, M., Mathematical Methods for Economics, Second Edition, AddisonWesley, 2002.
Other books you may find useful: [2] Chiang, A. Fundamental Methods of Mathematical Economics, 3^{rd} edition [3] Roberts, B., and Schulze, D. Modern Mathematics and Economic Analysis [4] Simon, C., and L. Blume, Mathematics for Economists [5] Stop by my office and take a book from my shelf J!
Exams: There will be two midterm examinations and one final examination. You should expect to see some short quizzes too.
Grading: 1^{st} Midterm 30% 2^{nd} Midterm 30% Final 40%.
General information: I strongly suggest working the problems from the book and those assigned during the class. Answers to oddnumbered problems are given at the end of the text. You should expect to see some problems on the exams identical or very similar to evennumbered problems, thus I encourage to work through as many problems as possible. While you can use mathematical software like Mathematica or Maple to check your answers try to avoid using software to solve problems. Working in groups is encouraged although you should always keep in mind that ultimately it will be your own unassisted exam performance that determines your grade.
I will be available for
particular questions after/before the class and by appointment
jurgilas@jurgilas.net Course structure:
First midterm (out of 100):
Second midterm (out of 50): Final exam (no curve!):
Final grades:
