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Unformatted text preview: Economics 204 Summer/Fall 2008 Lecture 1Monday July 27, 2009 Bob Anderson Vladimir Asriyan Hui Zheng Website: http://emlab.berkeley.edu/users/anderson/Econ204 /204index.html Lectures will often run past 3:00, dont schedule things before 3:30. Sections: 9-10:30, 10:30-12:00 in 608-7 Evans; please split up evenly. Prerequisites: Berkeley Math 53-54 or equivalent: four semesters of college mathematics linear algebra multivariable calculus rigorous: theorems stated carefully and some proofs given stream for engineers and scientists Grading in First Year Econ Grad Classes: median grade B+: solid command of material A and A- are really good grades; A+ truly exceptional B: ready to go on to further work. B in 204, ready to do 201A-B, 202A-B,240A-B B-: really marginal, but were not going to make you take it again. B- in 204, youre going to have a very hard time in 201A-B. Should seriously consider taking Math 53-54 this year, 1 retake 204 next year, delay 201A-B for a year. B- is a passing grade for Berkeley grad students, but grad students are required to maintain a B average. C: definitely not ready for 201A-B, 202A-B, 240A-B. Take Math 53-54 this year, retake 204 next year, defer 201A-B. 204 with at least a B- will be an enforced prerequisite for 201A-B. F: didnt take final exam. Fs do horrible things to your GPA, so make sure you withdraw if you dont take the final. Goals: Reduce heterogeneity of math backgrounds of students in Econ grad classes Advance everyones math skills Challenge everyone; consequently, not everyone will understand everything Develop math skills needed to work as a professional economist (text is from Penns math class for graduate students) Ability to read purported proofs and determine whether or not they are correct. Essential to reading the models underlying mainstream theoretical, empirical, and experimental economics papers. Ability to compose simple proofs; essential to writing models in mainstream theoretical, empirical, and experimental economics papers. Cover material in real analysis and linear algebra at a moderate level of abstraction (considerably more abstract than Math 53-54)....
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This note was uploaded on 10/04/2010 for the course ECON 204 taught by Professor Anderson during the Summer '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.
- Summer '08