# Math Camp for Economist help!

August 10, 2014 7:56 AM Subscribe

I'm basically teaching myself how to do pass an PhD economics placement test, and I'm looking for resources to learn these things that aren't books.

I have A LOT of books, including the math camp notes for my school which I am currently unable to attend. But I'm looking for either video collections or forums to discuss these things and ask questions. We're using the book, Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis and I find it really useful. (I'm in a related social science program and looking to take econ classes down the line).

I need to know how to do basic real analysis proofs, log-linearize some functions, tell if a formula is homogenous, homothetic, etc. Thanks!

I have A LOT of books, including the math camp notes for my school which I am currently unable to attend. But I'm looking for either video collections or forums to discuss these things and ask questions. We're using the book, Further Mathematics for Economic Analysis and I find it really useful. (I'm in a related social science program and looking to take econ classes down the line).

I need to know how to do basic real analysis proofs, log-linearize some functions, tell if a formula is homogenous, homothetic, etc. Thanks!

MathOverflow seems to be a spot with real mathematicians and grad students. I'd do a lot of reading and research prior to asking questions.

posted by sammyo at 9:36 AM on August 10, 2014

posted by sammyo at 9:36 AM on August 10, 2014

WolframAlpha is also a good source for math-related topics.

posted by dfriedman at 9:52 AM on August 10, 2014

posted by dfriedman at 9:52 AM on August 10, 2014

You want Math Stackexchange, not MathOverflow, which is strictly limited to "research-related" questions (whatever that actually means; in any case, you occasionally see prominent mathematicians get questions deleted for being off-topic; the infamous chalk question would never stand now). Math Stackexchange definitely will address basic real analysis and the other stuff is in bounds. There's a statistics stackexchange which might be good for some of this stuff.

posted by hoyland at 11:12 AM on August 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

posted by hoyland at 11:12 AM on August 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

This is a great little review of some serious math: Fundamentals of Scientific Mathematics, by George Owen (Dover ppbk), 274pp. Reviews functions, matrices, geometry, analytic geometry, linear algebra, basic calculus. I think it's at the level you want.

Also, Mathematics for economists, by E Roy Weintraub (Cambridge Univ.), 180pp, might be about right.

Sorry, missed the web/video only bit. Jeez I'm old fashioned.

posted by lathrop at 12:44 PM on August 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

Also, Mathematics for economists, by E Roy Weintraub (Cambridge Univ.), 180pp, might be about right.

Sorry, missed the web/video only bit. Jeez I'm old fashioned.

posted by lathrop at 12:44 PM on August 10, 2014 [1 favorite]

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posted by harrietthespy at 8:03 AM on August 10, 2014