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Econ 100a - Microeconomics A
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ECONOMICS 100A MICROECONOMICS Part A Spring 2009 Center Hall 101 T TH 11 00 12 30 Lecturer Dr Melissa Famulari e mail mfamulari ucsd edu Graduate Teaching Assistants 1 David Eil deil ucsd edu Office Office Hrs Econ 221 Wed 9 12 00 noon Office Office Hrs Sequoyah Hall 238 Tues Wed 3 30 5 00 2 Jacob Johnson j4johnson ucsd edu Office Office Hrs Sequoyah Hall 236 Friday 10 12 00 noon 2 Young Joon Park ypark ucsd edu Office Office Hrs Sequoyah Hall 232 Wednesday 1 3 00pm 2 Charles Sprenger csprenge ucsd edu Office Office Hrs Sequoyah Hall 207 Monday 3 30 4 30 Thursday 2 4 00pm Office Office Hours Sequoyah Hall 139 Thursday 9 11 00am Office Office Hrs Sequoyah Hall 139 Mon Wed 11 12 noon Undergraduate Teaching Assistants 1 Israel Malkin ymalkin ucsd edu 2 Jennifer Chen jec013 ucsd edu Prerequisites Econ 1 and either Math 10C or Math 20C Assessment There will be one OUT OF CLASS midterm exams on Friday April 17th from 5 00 6 20 in PETER 110 and one in class exam on Thursday May 14th each of which is worth 25 of your grade The final exam is cumulative and is worth 50 of your grade The final is on Tuesday June 9th from 11 30 2 30 pm Course Objectives As the first of the microeconomic sequence Econ 100A is designed to teach you how to set up solve and analyze optimization models and apply these mathematical models to the theory of the consumer commodity demand labor supply and consumption savings decisions Finally we will examine the fundamentals of decision making under risk and uncertainty Course Materials Required Textbook and Reading 1 Perloff Jeffrey M 2007 Microeconomics Theory and Applications with Calculus Pearson Addison Wesley 2 Machina Mark 2006 Math Handout Additional Readings Other calculus based intermediate textbooks that you could use to supplement Perloff include Walter Nicholson s Microeconomic Theory Hal R Varian s Intermediate Microeconomics and Binger and Hoffman s Microeconomics with Calculus One free option is an online introductory textbook written by Preston McAfee of Caltech http www introecon com The level of this book is between Econ 1 and Econ 100A It is very interesting free and you may find it useful Mathematics Tutorial for Economists Written by Martin Osborne at the University of Toronto http www economics utoronto ca osborne MathTutorial index html Chapters 1 6 of this will help you review the calculus tools that you learned in Math 10ABC or 20ABC that are the most important for this course WebCT This is where you access the syllabus class handouts a discussion board your grades homework assignments etc I have also posted previous quarter s 100A exams to give you some additional practice I will not be posting answers to the old exams Weekly Homework I will post homework assignments on WebCT each week by Friday During your discussion session see below the TA s will help you work on the homework assignment for that week I will post the homework answer key one week after the problem set is assigned Mandatory Discussion Sessions These mandatory sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 6 6 50 in Center 214 and from 7 7 50 in Center 106 The sessions are conducted by your TAs who will answer your questions regarding my lectures the readings or the assigned problems sets for the week Additional practice problems will be gone over Administrative Issues 1 If you have a documented disability please bring your documentation and come to talk to me as soon as possible so that I can make suitable accommodations for you If you believe that you have a disability and desire accommodation please register with the Office for Students with Disabilities Building 202 University Center as soon as possible For information on the steps for academic accommodation please see http wwwsenate ucsd edu manual appendices app3 htm 2 Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty will earn a failing grade for the course In addition to this academic sanction that I will impose the Council of Deans of Student Affairs will also impose a disciplinary penalty For a review of UCSD policy please see http www senate ucsd edu manual appendices app2 htm 3 You will only need a pen or pencil for exams Since I make copies of your exams feel free to use a pencil Exams are closed book and you may not use notes Exams are completely electronic free no calculators headphones cell phones etc are to be used during an exam 4 If you arrive late to an exam I will allow you to take the exam in the time that remains as long as no one has turned in his her exam and left the room Once a classmate has turned in his her exam you will earn a zero on the test if you arrive late 5 If there is a mistake adding up the points on your exam then bring it to my attention within one week of the exam being returned and I will correct it If you believe an exam has not been graded properly you may request a regrade within one week of the exam being returned I will regrade your entire exam The regraded score will be your grade for the exam You may not ask for another regrade or go back to your first grade Week Text Math Handout Topic 1 3 31 Chapter 1 2 Calculus Appendix A 1 A 3 Chapter 3 60 74 I Introduction Chapter 3 74 75 Calculus Appendix A 4 A 6 Machina Handout III Common Utility Functions Cobb Douglas Perfect Complements Leontief Perfect Substitutes CES 2 4 7 II Consumer Preferences A Axioms of Rational Choice B Utility Functions C Level curves of utility function Indifference Curves D Marginal Rate of Substitution IV The Budget Constraint V Mathematical Review of Optimization 3 4 14 Chapter 3 75 89 VI Utility Maximization and Demand Functions Midterm 1 Friday April 17 5 6 20pm Peter 110 4 4 21 Chapter 4 93 110 VII Comparative Statics of Demand A Income changes B Price changes income and substitution effects 5 4 28 Chapter 4 111 126 VII Comparative Statics of Demand continued C Compensated price changes and compensated demand functions D Slutsky Equation 6 5 5 Chapter 5 130 152 E Demand Relationships among goods F Measures of Consumer Welfare 7 5 12 Chapter 5 152 164 Supply of Labor The Labor Leisure Decision Midterm 2 Thursday May 14 in class 8 5 19 Supply of Labor The Labor Leisure Decision continued Supply of Saving The Consumption Savings Decision 9 5 26 10 6 2 Chapter 16 Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty continued Final Exam Tuesday June 9th from 11 30 2 30 pm


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