syllabus100b_001 - Microeconomic Theory Economics 100B...

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1 Microeconomic Theory Economics 100B – Spring 2010 TR 11 - 12:15, IV THEA1 SYLLABUS Instructor: Zachary Grossman grossman[at] Office: NH 3049 Office Hours: T 12:30-1:30 Course Homepage: Lectures: TR 11 – 12:15, IV THEA1 Teaching Assistants: Stefanie Fischer stefaniejfischer[at] Office: NH 3045 OH: R 8:30-10:30 James Green-Armytage armytage[at] Office: NH 2015 OH: T 5-7 Cameron Kaplan kaplan[at] Office: NH 2051 OH: M 1:30-3:30pm Bonnie Queen queen[at] Office: NH 2047 OH: M 9-11am Course Overview and Objectives: This course continues where Econ 100A left off, training you in the key principles of microeconomic theory. We will make the leap from the individual consumer and production decisions studied in 100A to analyzing how consumers and producers exchange goods. We’ll focus on markets in equilibrium, how they work, and when/how/why they fail. The goal of the course is to develop your skills at solving problems using theory and prepare you to reason about microeconomic questions with careful, systematic analysis. The emphasis in this course is on reasoning and understanding, not memorization. The skills and methods you learn will find repeated application in further economics courses and in your understanding of the economic environment in the workplace, in the news, and in general. Required Background: You must have passed Econ 100A to take this course. Math 34A-B and PSTAT 5E are also required. The course makes extensive use of algebra, graphs, and basic calculus. To succeed in this
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2 class you should be comfortable simplifying algebraic expressions, solving linear equations, solving systems of two equations with two variables, and taking basic derivatives. Registration The Economics Department Undergraduate Office handles all matters related to dropping or adding the course, wait-lists, etc. Please contact them regarding these issues. You can find a link to sign up for the waitlist on the main Economics Department homepage. During the second week of classes, the Undergraduate office will provide me with a prioritized wait-list and a limited number of access codes. Only then will I be able to admit anyone into the class. Required Materials: The required textbook is Intermediate Microeconomics, 7 th Edition , by Hal Varian, W. Norton & Company. The associated workbook, Workouts in Intermediate Economics, 7 th Edition, is recommended, but not required. (Note: the workbook originally was designated as required, but in consideration of the high cost of textbooks, the fact that it was not required for the most recent offering of Econ 100A, and the recent fee increases, I’ve decided to downgrade it to recommended and place extra copies on reserve at the library). Both texts are available from the bookstore and the textbook was required for Econ 100A. Both are available on reserve at the library. Clickers:
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