Please feel free to come by my office any time during scheduled
You are welcome to
come at other times, but in that case you might want to make
an appointment, just to make sure that I will be there then. You can
make an appointment simply by talking to me before or after class, by
calling me at
or at home, or by sending
You may also ask any questions directly via phone or e-mail. If I'm
not in when you call, please leave a message on the voice-mail or
answering machine with your name, number, and a good time for me to
call you back. I will try to respond to your phone or e-mail message
as soon as possible.
Upon successful completion of this course,
you will be able to set up (and, in simple enough cases, perform)
computations, such as equilibrium values and strategies on specific
games. You will know and understand the theory of cooperative and
non-cooperative games in general. You will be able to prove simple
results in game theory. You will be better able to independently read
Introduction to Game Theory, Peter Morris,
Chs. 1, 2, 4, 5, 6.
We will take approximately six weeks for
zero-sum games (Chs. 1, 2, and 4), three weeks for non-zero-sum games
(Ch. 5), and five weeks on cooperative games (Ch. 6).
You will spend a substantial amount of time outside of class reading
the textbook. The course will be structured to encourage and support
you in this endeavor. In-class activities will center around our
making use of what you have read outside of class.
- Participation and Homework (60%):
Each homework will consist of three equally important parts, encompassing all
together: advance preparation with reading, writing responses to reading
questions, creating some of your own questions, reflection; then warm-up
exercises and in-class work with others and the whole class; and then
completion of main exercises. The details are explained on a separate handout.
I expect everyone to attend and participate actively in class, in particular
to speak up during class discussion with questions and ideas, and to work well
with others. A substantial part of your work for the course is this active
participation in class.
Written assignments will not be accepted after they are due, except
in extenuating circumstances that you explain to me as soon as possible.
Incomplete homeworks will be accepted, though, so please turn
in whatever work you have completed when homework is due.
You are encouraged to work together on your homework, but you must
write up your solutions by yourself.
- Midterm (15%):
The midterm will cover all material we have discussed to that point,
and will be on
Mon., 10 Oct.
- Final (25%)
- The final exam will be comprehensive over all material we discuss in class. The final will be on
Mon. 5 Dec., 1:00-3:45 p.m.
Makeup tests can be given only in extraordinary and unavoidable
circumstances, and with advance notice.
Due to the course structure, attendance is mandatory. There is no
particular penalty for missing a particular class, but you cannot get
a good participation grade if you miss too many classes. I will
usually "excuse" an absence if you tell me about it in advance, or, in
cases of emergencies, as soon as possible afterwards.
The deadline for student-initiated drops with a W is Fri., 28 Oct. After
this date, you can only drop with the Dean's approval, which is granted
only under extenuating circumstances.
I hope everyone will complete the course successfully, but if you are
having doubts about your progress, I will be happy to discuss your
standing in the course to help you decide whether or not to drop.
This course is not likely to be offered again in the near future,
so please exercise the drop option judiciously.