Game Theory
 Professor: Maria Belk
 Office: The Learning Commons, Stone Row basement
 Email: mbelk@bard.edu
 Class schedule: Monday, Wednesday 3:10–4:30pm in HEG 308
 Textbook: Game Theory, by Michael Maschler, Eilon Solan, and Shmuel Zamir
 Office Hours:
 Monday 4:30–5:30pm in Albee 3rd Floor Lounge
 Friday 2–5pm in Learning commons
Announcements
Midterm: The midterm exam will be inclass on Wednesday, March 15. Here are practice problems for the midterm:
LaTeX: You are required to write homework solutions in LaTeX. Here are some links to get you started:
To download LaTeX to your own computer, Ethan recommends MacTeX for Mac users, and TeX Live for PC users:
Course Requirements
 Homework: There will be weekly homework assignments. All homework solutions must be written in LaTeX.
If you haven't used LaTeX before, I recommend starting with Ethan Bloch's LaTeX web page for Bard students, which has links to many helpful resources.
I encourage you to work with others on the homework assignments; mathematics is generally easier and more enjoyable when working with others.
You should write up your own solutions independently and acknowledge all collaborators.
 Exams: There will be two inclass exams: a midterm and a final. The midterm exam is tentatively scheduled for March 15, and the final exam is tentatively scheduled for May 22.
 Project: There will be one project consisting of a class presentation. You can work on the project individually or in groups of two or three. More details about the project will be given later in the semester.
Your grade will be based on homework assignments (40%), two exams (40%), and a project (20%).
Assignments and Syllabus
Week 
Dates 
Topics 
Readings 
Homework 
Week 1 
Jan. 30, Feb. 1 
Introduction, Nim and Hex 
Chapter 1


Week 2 
Feb. 6, 8 
Extensiveform Games 
Chapter 3 

Week 3 
Feb. 13, 15 
Utility theory 
Sections 2.1–2.3 

Week 4 
Feb. 20, 22 
Utility Theory 
Sections 2.4–2.9 

Week 5 
Feb. 27, March 1 
Utility Functions, Strategicform Games 
4.1–4.5 

Week 6 
March 6, 8 
Mixed Strategy Nash Equilibria 
4.7–4.11, 5.2.9 

Week 7 
March 13, 15 
Midterm Exam 


Spring Break 




Week 8 
March 27, 29 



Week 9 
April 3, 5 



Week 10 
April 10, 12 



Week 11 
April 17, 19 



Week 12 
April 24, 26 



Week 13 
May 3 



Week 14 
May 8, 10 



Week 15 
May 15, 17 
Presentations 


Week 16 
May 22 
Final Exam 

