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Drawing on his extensive experience teaching in the area, Geoff Renshaw has developed Maths for Economics to enable students to master and apply mathematical principles and methods both in their degrees and their careers.
Through the use of a gradual learning gradient and the provision of examples and exercises to constantly reinforce learning, the author has created a resource which students can use to build their confidence - whether coming from a background of a GCSE or A Level course, or more generally for students who feel they need to go back to the very basics.
Knowledge is built up in small steps rather than big jumps, and once confident that they have firmly grasped the foundations, the book helps students to make the progression beyond mechanical exercises and on to the development of a maths tool-kit for the analysis of economic and business problems - an invaluable skill for their course and future employment.
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Geoff Renshaw, Associate Fellow, Department of Economics, Warwick
Table of Contents
Part One: Foundations 1. Arithmetic 2. Algebra 3. Linear equations 4. Quadratic equations 5. Some further equations and techniques Part Two: Optimization with one independent variable 6. Derivatives and differentiation 7. Derivatives in action 8. Economic applications of functions and derivatives 9. Elasticity Part Three: Mathematics of finance and growth 10. Compound growth and present discounted value 11. The exponential function and logarithms 12. Continuous growth and the natural exponential function 13. Derivatives of exponential and logarithmic functions and their applications Part Four: Optimization with two or more independent variables 14. Functions of two or more independent variables 15. Maximum and minimum values, the total differential, and applications 16. Constrained maximum and minimum values 17. Returns to scale and homogenous functions; partial elasticities; growth accounting; logarithmic scales Part Five: Some further topics 18. Integration 19. Matrix algebra 20. Difference and differential equations W21. Extensions and future directions (on the Online Resource Centre)