Course MAT378

Theory of Games

(Replaces MAT308 beginning AY 2012-13)

The mathematical concept of a game is an abstraction which encompasses conflict-cooperation situations in which strategy (not just chance) plays a role.  Games in extensive form, pure and behavioral strategies; normal form, mixed strategies, equilibrium points; coalitions, characteristic-function form, imputations, solution concepts; related topics and applications.

Central topics of the theory and some of its applications will be discussed. Introductory aspects of algorithmic game theory will be covered, if time permits.

Description of classes

Classes meet Tuesday and Thursday.


There will be weekly problem sets accounting for 40% of the course grade.

Placement and Prerequisites

A course in linear algebra or permission of the instructor.


Mid Term Exam - 20%
Take Home Final Exam - 40%
Problem set(s) - 40%