Mathematics for Policy Analysis
Optional Preparatory Course
This course is a primer in the fundamental principles of mathematics used in Microeconomics, Statistics, Econometrics, Analytic Methods, and other Pardee RAND courses. It is intended for entering Pardee RAND students who do not have strong backgrounds in mathematics and quantitative methods. The Mathematica software package is used to help students understand and interpret the mathematical concepts taught in the course. This course covers: functions, particularly exponential and logarithmic functions, techniques of proof, single variable calculus, linear algebra (vectors, matrices, linear systems), multivariate calculus (integral and differential), sequences and series, optimization.