Economics 101 - David K. Levine

Fall 1998 (Tue 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Rolfe 1200) (Thu 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Rolfe 1200)

WORLD WIDE WEB: Class materials, including information on how to contact us, the slides used in class, and required problem sets are distributed only on the world wide web. To use this material you will need access the the web and a web browser. If you do not currently have access to the web, you may go to one of the Social Science Computer Labs in Bunche 2149, 2155, Franz 2434, Haines 37, Powell 145, 307, 320, or 320B. Alternatively (and highly recommended) you can establish a Bruin Online account. To do this, you should purchase the Bruin Online client software from the ASUCLA Student Store. This will contain instructions on setting up and accessing a Bruin Online account. You may also establish an internet access account with any commercial internet provider.

Once you have established access to the world wide web, point your browser at Follow the directions there to access the course material. Because materials for the lectures are being provided (in advance) I will not have a notetaker for this course.

This is the first upper division microeconomics course for economics majors. It covers the basics tools required for upper division economics, and is relatively mathematical.

PREREQUISITES: You must have Economics 11 and Mathematics 31A, and 31B or 31E. We will make serious use of calculus. We will do differentiation, simple equation solving, and a limited amount of integration. It is crucial that you feel comfortable with these operations. If calculus is something you once knew but are now fuzzy on, you will find this course difficult.

TEXTS: We will use H.S. Bierman and L. Fernandez, Game Theory with Economic Applications, Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-56298.

LECTURES AND SECTIONS: You are responsible for all material covered in lecture and section meetings as well as the required reading.

GRADING: You will be graded on four problem sets, a midterm exam and the final exam. Each problem set will count for 5% of your grade. The midterm exam will have three equally weighted questions, and counts 30% of your grade. It will be based directly on the problem sets. The midterm and problem sets are optional. The final exam is mandatory, and will cover the entire course, and have six equally weighted questions accounting for 50% of your grade. If you do better on the final than on either the midterm or the problem sets, it will replace the corresponding grade.

EXAMS: Dates of the exams, as well as due dates for the problem sets are given in the course schedule. The midterm is given in class. The final exam is mandatory; if you miss the midterm, the final will count in its place. If you have a time conflict involving another final exam, it is possible to take the final in the time slot immediately following the scheduled exam. Other make-up exams are possible only for good reason (medical or legal problems) and with written documentation. Otherwise, if you miss the exam you will either fail the class, or, with the approval of the academic dean, drop the class or withdraw from the quarter. There are no exceptions. I do not give incompletes, nor is it possible to make up a poor or non-existent exam grade by "doing an extra credit project."

PTEs: If you need a PTE or other special permission to take the class, please see me during my office hour; I will not give PTEs at any other time, including immediately before or after class. Bring any relevant documentation, such as transcripts, showing why you need a PTE.

MIRROR SITE: A backup web site with course material can be found at

You are encouraged to submit questions to the TAs and myself by e-mail as an alternative to attending office hours.