Math 3157b -- Game Theory

Instructor Graham Denham
Office hours Tuesday 1:30-2:30, Thursday 2-3pm
Class times Tuesday 11:30-12:20; Thursday 10:30-12:20
Class location MC 107
Textbook library reserve
Prerequisites Prerequisite(s): Mathematics 1600A/B, Calculus 1301A/B or Calculus 1501A/B, and one of Mathematics 1120A/B, Mathematics 2120A/B, Mathematics 2122A/B, Mathematics 2124A/B or Mathematics 2155F/G, the former Mathematics 2155A/B.
Midterm exam date
March 1, in class.
Final exam 15 April, 10am-1pm, SSC 3010.
Evaluation  40% Final exam; 35% midterm; 25% assignments


In order for a course in Game Theory to be of use to you outside of the classroom, you will need to get some practice.  Accordingly, there will be regular homework assignments.  This is the most important part of the course -- if you keep up on your homework, you will find that the exams are easy.

No late assignments are accepted for any reason; instead, your lowest homework score will not be counted.  See the homework page for assignments and solutions.  Please make sure you do your own work (see below).


This is an introductory course in Game Theory, intended for 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students.  More precisely, this course indicates how mathematical methods can be used to analyze various kinds of two-player games.  Some topics include:


Here is a reminder of what we've been doing.

Further information

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