AMS/Econ 11AB

AMS/Econ 11AB, Mathematical Methods for Economists, is a single and multi variable calculus sequence focusing on applications to business and economics.

When selecting and enrolling in your course, you should consider prerequisites, your (prospective) major requirements, and scheduling. Verify the requirements for your (prospective) major in the General Catalog before enrolling in your course. Knowing which topics will be covered in your course can help you to prepare for success.


MP tier 300 or higher, or
AP Calculus (AB or BC) score of 3 or higher, or 
completion of AMS 3 or Math 3 with a grade of C or better.

Note: The Economics Department recommends Math 3, not AMS 3, for Economics students needing preparatory coursework.

Who should take AMS/Econ 11AB?

AMS/Econ 11AB is the recommended calculus sequence for students in the following majors:

Business Management Economics
Environmental Studies/Economics
Global Economics.

The first quarter of calculus must be completed before declaring an Economics major. Both quarters must be completed prior to graduation.

The Math 11AB, 19AB, and 20AB calculus sequences are accepted for these majors, but Economics students who take a Math calculus sequence, rather than AMS/Econ 11AB, must also take Math 22 or 23A.

Students in the Economics/Mathematics combined major must take the Math 19AB calculus sequence. Students intending to pursue graduate studies in Economics are encouraged to take Math 19AB and Math 22 or 23A, rather than AMS/Econ 11AB.

Topics and text

Commonly used text for AMS/Econ 11AB, Math Methods for Economics:
Introductory Mathematical Analysis for Business, Economics, and the Life and Social Sciences, 13th edition by Ernest Haeussler, Richard Paul, and Richard Wood.

WARNING: The text is subject to change at the instructor's discretion.

AMS/Econ 11A typically covers Chapters 3–4 and10-13; AMS/Econ 11B typically covers 14–15 and 17.

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0. Review of Algebra
1. Applications and More Algebra
2. Functions and Graphs

3. Lines, Parabolas, and Systems

3.1 Lines
3.2 Applications and Linear Functions
3.3 Quadratic Functions
3.4 Systems of Linear Equations
3.5 Nonlinear Systems
3.6 Applications of Systems of Equations

4. Exponential and Logarithmic Functions

4.1 Exponential Functions
4.2 Logarithmic Functions
4.3 Properties of Logarithms
4.4 Logarithmic and Exponential Equations


10. Limits and Continuity

10.1 Limits
10.2 Limits (Continued)
10.3 Continuity
10.4 Continuity Applied to Inequalities

11. Differentiation

11.1 The Derivative
11.2 Rules for Differentiation
11.3 The Derivative as a Rate of Change
11.4 The Product Rule and the Quotient Rule
11.5 The Chain Rule

12. Additional Differentiation Topics

12.1 Derivatives of Logarithmic Functions
12.2 Derivatives of Exponential Functions
12.3 Elasticity of Demand
12.4 Implicit Differentiation
12.5 Logarithmic Differentiation
12.6 Newton's Method

12.7 Higher-Order Derivatives

13. Curve Sketching

13.1 Relative Extrema
13.2 Absolute Extrema on a Closed Interval
13.3 Concavity
13.4 The Second-Derivative Test
13.5 Asymptotes
13.6 Applied Maxima and Minima

14. Integration

14.1 Differentials
14.2 The Indefinite Integral
14.3 Integration with Initial Conditions
14.4 More Integration Formulas
14.5 Techniques of Integration
14.6 The Definite Integral
14.7 The Fundamental Theorem of Integral Calculus
14.8 Approximate Integration
14.9 Area between Curves
14.10 Consumers' and Producers' Surplus

15. Methods and Applications of Integration

15.1 Integration by Parts
15.2 Integration by Partial Fractions
15.3 Integration by Tables
15.4 Average Value of a Function
15.5 Differential Equations
15.6 More Applications of Differential Equations
15.7 Improper Integrals

17. Multivariable Calculus

17.1 Partial Derivatives
17.2 Applications of Partial Derivatives
17.3 Implicit Partial Differentiation
17.4 Higher-Order Partial Derivatives
17.5 Chain Rule
17.6 Maxima and Minima for Functions of Two Variables
17.7 Lagrange Multipliers
17.8 Lines of Regression
17.9 Multiple Integrals

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