A86003 Mathematics for Business, Economics and Finance

Scuola di Economia e Management
Academic Year 2019/20 Annual

Learning Objectives

This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of calculus, linear algebra and financial mathematics. The emphasis is on the application of mathematical methods to solving practical problems in business, economics and finance.

At the end of the course students will be able to:

  • Apply mathematical reasoning to analyse essential features of various mathematical problems;
  • Solve microeconomic problems in one or more decision variables;
  • Solve economic and business problems involving the optimization with respect to one or more decision variables;
  • Understand the principles of financial mathematics.

Learning targets

The student will gain knowledge and understanding of

  • Elements of calculus of one variable and their applications in economics and business;
  • Elements of calculus of several variables and their applications in economics and business;
  • Linear algebra;
  • Basic problems in financial mathematics.

Course Content

Topics covered in Mathematics for Business, Economics and Finance are linear functions, polynomial functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, inverse functions, composite functions, limits, continuity and derivatives of functions of one and several variables, rules for differentiation, interpretations of the derivative, second and higher order derivatives, concavity and convexity, implicit differentiation, Taylor’s Formula, constrained and unconstrained optimization, integration, introduction to linear algebra, series, including geometric and harmonic series, ordinary differential equations, interest rates, present value and discounting, mortgages and investment appraisal.

Course Delivery

The course is made up of theoretical lessons, in-class assignments, homework assignments, case studies and experiential laboratory.

Lectures are held throughout the entire year. Students are responsible for learning the material before coming to class.

Students are responsible for consulting on a regular basis the website of the course on “my.liuc.it” where updates, additional material, slides and exercises for the course are posted.

  There will be a test at the end of the first semester.

Course Evaluation

Final exam:

The assessment is based on a written exam at the end of the course. To pass the exam the student needs to achieve at least 18/30 marks.


Partial exams:

For attending students only, the exam is made up of two written tests, one at the end of each semester. Sufficiency in both tests is required to pass the exam (sufficiency = at least 18/30).


Instructions for II Midterm Exam, June 22nd, 2020

The exam will be online on the platform Teams. The written test will be followed by a brief oral interview. For further detail please go to LIUC eCorsi.


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