ECON4120 - Mathematics 2: Calculus and linear algebra
Among other things, the course includes elementary linear algebra, the solution of equation systems, the theory of functions of several variables, including both unconstrained and constrained optimization, and integration. In several of these topics the course expands upon the contents of ECON2200 - Matematikk 1/Mikro 1 (MM1).
You should know
- functions of one and several variables and optimization with or without constraints (introducing inequality constraints)
- integration and differential equations
- linear algebra in terms of vectors and matrices, with applications to and linear equation systems
You should be able to
- solve more sophisticated calculus problems than what is covered in ECON2200
- aggregate quantities using methods of integration, and analyze dynamic models formulated as differential equations.
- linearize nonlinear models
- formulate linear models in a compact notation, manipulate them in an efficient manner and solve linear equations algorithmically using the theory on linear algebra
This course should enable you to
- read and understand the notation and analyses of a wide class of models in the scientific literature , including multivariate models
- formulate and formalize a wider range of models than what is covered in ECON2200
- analyze such models in your own academic work, for example in analyses that are part of the master’s thesis
Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in StudentWeb.
Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
The examination in this course is not available for external candidates. Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Bachelor’s degree in Economics, or equivalent.
Overlapping courses10 credits overlap with ECON3120 - Mathematics 2: Calculus and linear algebra, 10 credits overlap with MS102 Matematikk for samfunnsvitere II, 10 credits overlap with SOØMAT Matematikkdel av sem.emne matematikk og statistikk, 3 credits overlap with MAT1010 - Mathematics for applications II (discontinued) and 8 credits overlap with MAT1110 - Calculus and linear algebra.
Lectures: 4 hours per week throughout the semester.
Seminars: 2 hours per week through parts of the semester.
There might occur weeks exempt from teaching
A 3-hour written school exam.
Examination support material
Resources allowed: Open book examination where all printed and written resources, in addition to calculator, are allowed.
Language of examination
The problem set will be given in English. Answers can be given in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or in English. See § 6.4 i Forskrift om studier og eksamener ved Universitetet i Oslo .
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
Explanations and appeals
You may request an explanation of your grades, and you may also appeal against your grades or make a complaint about formal examination errors. Read more about explanations and appeals.
Resit an examination
You can usually resit an exam, but the conditions depend on whether you had a valid reason for absence from the regular exam. Read more about resitting an exam.
The Department of Economics has passed following resolution for ECON-courses: It will no longer be possible for candidates to register for an exam in a lower level course after having passed exams in intermediate and advanced level courses in the same subject area (also where there are no pre-requisites that apply to the intermediate course). Further information can be found here.
Students who might wish to retake the exam later, are not guaranteed that the course is ever repeated with a similar reading list, nor that the exam arrangement will be the same.
Withdrawal from an examination
A student may sit this exam up to 3 times. If a student wishes to withdraw from the exam, s/he must do so in StudentWeb at least two weeks prior to the first day of the exam. Failure to do so will be counted as one of the three opportunities to sit the exam.
Special examination arrangements
If you have a disability or a health problem that entails significant inconvenience in an examination situation, you may be considered for special examination arrangements. Mothers who are breastfeeding may apply for extra time to complete the exam.
A periodic evaluation of ECON3120/4120 - Mathematics 2: Calculus and linear algebra was conducted during spring term 2007. You can find the evaluation report that was compiled on the basis of the information retrieved from the evalution, here .
Norsk språkversjon av sluttrapporten finner du her .
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ECON4120 - Mathematics 2: Calculus and linear algebra is the course number for registration for lecture, seminar and exam for the master's students. ECON3120 - Mathematics 2: Calculus and linear algebra is the course number for the bachelor's students.