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The Mathematics of Economics Returns! (A course for mathematically challenged economics enthusiasts)

Tucson September 7th, 2017

Mathematics for Economic Thinkers Returns!
4 sessions: Starting September 7, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

A 4-part course of basic mathematics to make you a better, more competent economics teacher. Choose your sessions!
Next Session: September 7, 2017

Do you love economics but struggle with understanding some of the math? Or, do you just need a refresher? Do you wish you felt a little more comfortable venturing into quantitative concepts and math vocabulary? This fall, you can attend a 4-part series that will help you understand the math of economics—step by step. Each 90-minute class will cover just one concept (small bites!), breaking down the math in clear instruction, until you understand how it applies to the economic concepts you already know and teach. While some of the math terms below may sound foreign now, by the end of the series you will be using them like a champ!

The topics covered will include:

September 7: Foundations of Math/Econ Communication

  • How basic algebra creates graphs
  • The math of supply and demand
  • How to speak Math
  • How to speak Econ

September 21: Micro Math.

  • The math of elasticity
  • Production possibilities
  • Linear programming

September 28: Macro Topics.

  • Multipliers, indices and deflators, oh my!
  • How to calculate the sum of an infinite series
  • What a subset can tell us about the set as a whole
  • Inductive vs. deductive reasoning

October 19: The Math of Personal Finance.

  • Compounding is your “frenemy.” (Compound interest on savings vs. debt)
  • How do investment fees affect investments over time?
  • Time and money

At the end of the series, teachers who complete all 4 sessions will receive a certificate of Econ/Math Braininess, evidenced by 6 hours of professional development. You will receive power point materials that you can review at home. And, we will provide a  tasty dinner each week, so what’s not to love? Finally, you will also have our permanent admiration for conquering the Math of Econ!

Registration for September 7th, 2017

We do our best to accommodate as many teachers as possible at our workshops. However, please understand that when the demand for workshops significantly exceeds the supply of seats, admission will be selective on the basis of (1) proximity to southern Arizona; and (2) teachers who are teaching subjects closest to the workshop topic.
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