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Mathematical Methods for Economists

Mathematics is a useful tool in many subjects, and this course is for you who need a little more maths for further studies in economics or business. The course is mandatory in some specialisations of the Bachelor's Programme in Business Administration.

In this course you learns mathematics that will be useful for further studies in business or economics. You learn to use basic methods of analysis in one or multiple variables to solve mathematical and applied problems in for example geometry and economics. You also learn some basic linear algebra, so that you can solve simple problems concerning matrices, vectors and determinants.

The course is mandatory in some specialisations of the Bachelor's Programme in Business Administration, but can also be taken as a freestanding course.

Course contents

The course covers:

  • functions of one variable
  • derivatives and integrals
  • maxima and minima for functions of one variable
  • functions of multiple variables
  • maxima and minima for functions of two variables
  • matrices and determinants
  • solving of systems of linear equations
  • geometric series
  • Course structure

    The course consists of one element, assessed with a written examination.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and exercise sessions. There is also some video material (in Swedish) available on the course web.


    The course is assessed through written examination, with grades between A-F where A-E are passing grades.


    A list of examiners can be found on

    Exam information

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Sydsæter, Hammond, Ström & Carvajal: Essential mathematics for economic analysis. Prentice Hall.

    List of course literature Department of Mathematics

  • Course reports

  • More information

    New student
    During your studies

    Course web

    We do not use Athena, you can find our course webpages on

  • Contact

    Student affairs office
    Study advisor in mathematics and mathematical statistics