Applied Mathematical Economics 7.5 credits

Nationalekonomi B, Tillämpad matematik för Nationalekonomer
First cycle, N0005N
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Department of Business Administration and Social Sciences 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Director of Undergraduate Studies Daniel Örtqvist, Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences 14 Feb 2020

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject group (SCB)
Main field of study

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic knowledge in micro and macro economics, for instance Introductory Microeconomics (N0008N) and Introductory Macroeconomics (N0011N) or equivalent. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim
After the course the student should have the ability to apply mathematical methods to analyze economic problem in higher studies in economics. Specifically, this means that the student should have the ability to without the support of a mathematical manual be able to:

• Simplify linear and non-linear functions and interpret economic information from these functions.
• Solve linear and non-linear equations.
• Solve systems of linear equation with more than two unknown variables.
• Apply rules of differentiation on economic problems with the purpose of doing comparative static analysis and for solving economic optimization problems.
• Use integration for calculating economic areas such as consumer surplus and producer surplus.
• Use spreadsheet software, such as Excel, to perform economic calculation and for presenting both input and output data, in a written report.

The course contents:
  • inear and non-linear equations
  • Algebra.
  • Solving equations with the method of elimination.
  • Quadratic functions.
  • Exponential an d logarithm functions.
  • Economic application.

  • The slope of the tangent.
  • Rules of differentiation.
  • Marginal functions.
  • Elasticity.
  • Partial differentiation.
  • Comparative static.
  • Optimization of economic problems with one and two unknown variables.
  • Optimization of constrained economic problems.
  • The Lagrange multiplier and its economical interpretation.
  • Indefinite and definite integration.
  • Economic application.
  • Matrix algebra.
  • Solving linear systems of equation by using matrix inversion.
  • Solving linear systems of equation by using Cramer’s rule.
Solving economic problem and present the result by using spreadsheet software.

The teaching will be given in the form of lectures and computer labs.

Written exam and written lab exercises. The exam will not be marked before the written lab exercise is approved.

Students must register for the courses themselves or contact ETS educational administration, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Undergraduate level, progression B

Olle Hage

Transition terms
The course N0005N is equal to IEN326

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2007 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Jacques, Ian; Mathematics for Economics and Business, latest edition.
Articles and exercises could be added.

Course offered by
Department of Business Administration, Technology and Social Sciences

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examU G VG *6.00MandatoryA07
0002Written assignmentU G#1.50MandatoryA07

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.