This is the homepage for Dr. Ronnie Pavlov's FirstYear Seminar on the Mathematics of Games. This page will be updated throughout the term with important information for our course, including homework assignments, review materials, and more. 
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Course Information
Our course meets every TR from 10:00 a.m.  11:50 p.m. in Sturm Hall 476.
Text: Game Theory and Strategy by Philip D. Straffin. Most of us have played games such as TicTacToe, chess, Go, checkers, and poker. Many games can be studied mathematically using a branch of mathematics called game theory. We will discuss various facets of elementary game theory, including (but not limited to!) how to formulate strategies, what makes some strategies ``better'' than others, what makes some games difficult or impossible to analyze, and applications to realworld concepts. Specific topics we may cover include the Nash equilibrium, the prisoner's dilemma, and bluffing in poker. The class will not be purely theoretical; we will spend lots of time applying the course concepts by playing various games. A homework assignment might involve analyzing a simple game, devising a winning strategy, and then trying it out during class. The course will be roughly broken up into two halves. The first half will be devoted to games where both players move simultaneously, without knowledge of the other player's move. (These are also called matrix games.) In the second half, we will focus on games where the players move sequentially, taking turns, until the game ends. (These are also called sequential games.) Grading scheme
Your term grade will consist of homework assignments (which may include problems from the text, problems I make up, or slightly longer openended projects), one midterm exam, and one final exam, broken down in the following way:
Written Homework
Late assignments will have a percentage subtracted according to the following policy:
You will have a midterm exam on Thursday, October 16th and a final exam on Tuesday, November 18th. Both exams will be in our classroom during classtime (10:00 a.m.  11:50 p.m.)
Course Policies Students in this course are expected to abide by the University of Denver's Honor Code and the procedures put forth by the Office of Citizenship and Community Standards. Academic dishonesty  including, but not limited to, plagiarism and cheating  is in violation of the code and will result in a failing grade for the assignment or for the course. As student members of a community committed to academic integrity and honesty, it is your responsibility to become familiar with the DU Honor Code and its procedures: see http://www.du.edu/honorcode. The learning outcomes for this course are:
