Master's Math Bootcamp 2019


Instructor: Joe Patten
Office: 205C Hulbert Hall
Office Hours: TBA
Dates: Mon August 5 - Tue August 13
Time: 1 pm - 2 pm
Lectures: Hulbert Hall Room 23

Class Website

Go to my website.

Course Description

This course serves as a refresher for linear algebra, calculus, and optimization. In addition, it will cover important topics meant to help you begin to acquire what is often called mathematical maturity. It is designed to help prepare you mathematically for your fall courses. This is an active-learning course. Lecture notes will be posted online.

Course Learning Goals

At the end of this course, students should be able to:

Understand and have working knowledge of mathematics used in Master’s-level economics. Students will learn/review calculus of one variable and of several variables, linear algebra and optimization.

The following will address this outcome:

Assigned readings and problem set.

This outcome will be evaluated primarily by:

Completion of problem set and exam.

Course Materials

The book used for this course will be Simon & Blume’s Mathematics for Economists.

Grading, Exams, and Homework

Grading will be based off points accumulated through an assignment and exam.

Course Items Due Date Points
Assignment 1 August 12 30
Final Exam August 13 from 1-2 PM 70
Total   100


It is WSU policy that for every hour of faculty directed activities, students should expect a minimum of two hours engaged in supportive learning activities. Depending on your skills and knowledge as a learner, additional time may be required.

In this course, there will be no official “faculty directed time” and the workload will in all honesty be substantial for all individuals that have not had a significant amount of prior mathematics education.


An assignment will be posted on the course website. Due dates are given below. **The assignment should be submitted to my box or my email by 11:59 pm Pacific Standard Time on the due date**. Note that if you are going to turn your assignment into my box, do so before 5:00 pm as the office will lock the room that has the boxes at that time. The assignment will be worth 30/100 points. The assignment will be a problem set that gives the students practice applying the mathematical tools covered in the course text.

Late assignments

Although I do prefer that you turn in your assignment on time, I will accept the assignment past its due date. Turning in the assignment late will not affect your grade. That being said, I strongly encourage you to adhere to the course schedule listed below so that you don’t fall behind.

Final Exam

There will be one exam at the end of the course and it is worth 70/100 points. The exam will cover all the material covered in the course. The exam will be proctored on campus in Hulbert Hall on a date TBA.

Course Outline

Below I have provided a tentative schedule. Dates as well as topics are subject to change depending on the pace of the course, as well as what I think should be covered.

Week 1 (August 5-August 9)

Date Topics Readings Assignments
5 Linear Algebra S&B 6-7
6 Calculus (derivatives) S&B 1-2
7 Unconstrained Optimization S&B 17
8 Constrained Optimization S&B 18
9 Calculus (integration, chain rule) S&B 4, Appendix A4

Week 2 (August 12-14)

Date Topics Readings Assignments
12 Assignment 1 due
13 Final Exam from 1-2 PM No Notes

S&B ~ Simon & Blume text

Students with Disabilities

Students with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodations are available for students with a documented disability. If you have a disability and need accommodations to fully participate in this class, please either visit or call the Access Center (Washington Building 217; 509-335-3417) to schedule an appointment with an Access Advisor. All accommodations MUST be approved through the Access Center. For more information contact a Disability Specialist at 509-335-3417, or on-line via or or

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