Teaching and Advising

by L.N.Vaserstein

Fall  of 2017

Math 486, Mathematical Theory of Games  

486.1     TR 09:05-10:20   Osmond Lab 106     syllabusF17.1.rtf

486.2  MWF 08:00-08:50 Willard Bldg 262       syllabusF17.2.rtf

Office hours:   MWF 9-9:20a, TR  8:40-9a  and by appointment     in 215 McAllister Bldg


MR1301077 (95k:90001) Morris, Peter Introduction to game theory. Universitext. Springer-Verlag, New York, 1994. xvi+230 pp. ISBN: 0-387-94284-X (Reviewer: James Bergin), 90-01 (90Dxx) (the maim text, by the guy who suggested Math 486)

psu online

MR0841075 (87d:90191) Szép, J.(H-KMU); Forgó, F.(H-KMU)

Introduction to the theory of games. Akadémiai Kiadó (Publishing House of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Budapest, 1985. xviii+392 pp. ISBN: 963-05-3357-X 90Dxx (more math; 1999 edition is in paper form at the library).

 1985 psu online 

Ken Binmore Game Theory: A Very Short Introduction Oxford 2007. (more modern vocabulary, less math)

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 Every student is special, but the same grading policy (see the syllabus) is applied to  everyone

regardless of race, creed, gender, ethnicity, age, family status, political views, need to graduate,  etc.

The final grades will be given in the last class.  If you have any questions about your points at Canvas , do not wait till the last week of classes to ask.

Linear Algebra is a prerequisite.  You have to know :
what is a linear equation,
what it means to solve it,
how to solve any system of linear equations.

This is needed for class and will be tested.  No division by 0 is tolerated .

No joint work allowed except for class participation.  It is NOT OK to show your homework or another test  to another student or look at another student's test (see academic integrity).

Before coming to a class you are not register for, ask permission, vstein@math.psu.edu. This includes coming to a different section of Math 486


For all tests, give both the final answer and details (how you got the answer). If you use notes, books, computers, websites. etc. in your solutions, give proper references.  

No electronic devices (including computers) are allowed in tests in class. If scanning homework, use white paper and black pen before scanning and check the result before submitting it. Not all homework will be graded. 

Do not sent me e-notes with size greater than 1mb. Any email concerning Math 486 should have Math 486/1 or Math 486.2 .  on the Subject line.

Your last name as registered with PSU should be on the From line or the Subject line. Do not send me any homework unless I request this.

Bonus points are given for class participation   (see details.), e.g., correcting me or students, asking or answering questions in class,  and anything good you do for class 

No points are given for health of family problems, yelling, crying, bribing, cheating (including lying, false reasons for missing tests,  and plagiarism), need to pass, not paying tuition on time, and learning little or nothing.

No make-ups are given for missing tests in class unless an e-mail is sent to vstein@math.psu.edu BEFORE the class (the section you registered for),  Attendance and pictures will be taken during the midterms. 

m1  Section 1    Oct  5 |  Section  2   Sep 25

m2  Section 1    Nov 14   | Section 2   Nov  1.    

m3       Nov 17   Section 2

Pro-rating could be  used for students who added after the first class.

Those students have much higher failure rate so I do not sign permits to add.

grades entered on Dec. 11-13,  2017

Section 1:44 grades:  41 students passed.

Section 2:41 grades:  32 students passed.

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