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1 Syllabus for Introduction to Microeconomics Fall 2011 Professor Jeffrey Rubin Office: NJ Hall Room 430 Office Hours: Monday 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment Email: [email protected] Phone: 732-932-7452 220:102 Section 4 Noon to 1:20 p.m. Monday and Thursday Beck Hall Auditorium Special Note Regarding First Week of Classes : Rutgers has juggled the schedule for the first week of classes. No need to worry why they did it; just pay attention to the following: First class for us is Thursday, September 1. There is no class on Monday, September 5. (It is Labor Day. School is closed.) On Thursday September 8 we will follow a Monday schedule, which means no change for us since we meet Monday and Thursday anyway. There is no class on Thursday, September 29 th . School is open but I will be out due to a religious observation. Two other changes: Monday November 21 we will follow a Wednesday schedule. On Tuesday November 22 we will follow a Thursday schedule. Our last class is Monday, Dec. 12 th . The final exam for this class is scheduled for noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 22. It is important that you make your travel plans accordingly. I will positively, absolutely, definitely not give the exam at any time other than the designated period. The room for the final exam will be announced at a later date.
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2 The TA for this course will be announced later. I will post office hours for the TA early in the semester. The pre-requisite for this class is pre-calculus (01:640: 111, 112 or 115) or placement into calculus. Text: Principles of Microeconomics, N. Gregory Mankiw, 6 th edition Study Guide, Hakes, 6th edition You will also need online access to Aplia (an online homework system). Information about Aplia is available under “Resources” in Sakai. Do not buy anything until you read my announcement about Aplia and the book. You will be able to get a package including the book, study guide and Aplia access code at the bookstore or you will be able to purchase an electronic version of the book (that is printable) directly through Aplia and save money. Roughly speaking, the hard copy package that includes Aplia access will be about $170 while the electronic version of the book, study guide and Aplia access will be about $90. This course consists of two 80 minute lectures each week. Class meets Monday and Thursday in Beck Hall Auditorium on the Livingston Campus. The lectures will present basic material in microeconomics, with an emphasis on the analytical techniques commonly used in economics. In Introduction to Microeconomics students will learn the meaning and relevance of basic economic concepts including opportunity costs, positive and normative economics, scarcity, tradeoffs, comparative advantage, marginal analysis, efficiency and equity, and market failure.
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