Mathematics 167 Game Theory

Instructor: Olga Radko, MS5366
Office hours: TBA

TA: Steve Lu, MS2344
Office hours: TBA

Class Syllabus

Textbook: K. Benmore, Fun and Games.

Course material: This is an introductory class in game theory. The class starts with two-player games of perfect information without chance moves. Further topics include background probability theory, lotteries, mixed strategies, pure and mixed Nash equilibria and refinement.

Prerequisite: Math 115A or equivalent (first part of undergraduate Linear Algebra).

Homework: The homework is due weekly in the dicussion section. The homework is an essential part of the class. Each week, several chosen problems will be graded, and in addition a certain score will be assigned for completeness. Two lowest homework scores will be dropped in the computation of your final grade. Late homework is not accepted and there will be no make-up homework.

Midterm: There will be one midterm on February 15 during the regular class hours. Please make sure you have no time conflicts. Unless you have a documented medical problem, there will be no make-up exam.

Quizzes: There will be several quizzes throughout the quarter in the dicussion section. Quiz topics and dates will be announced in advance. One lowest quiz score will be dropped in the computation of your grade. There will be no make-up quizzes.

Grading: Your final class score will be computed as the maximum of the following:

15% Homeowrk + 15% Quizzes + 20% Midterm + 50% Final
15% Homeowrk + 15% Quizzes + 30% Midterm + 40% Final