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Game Theory

  • Semester 1 2024-2025

    Aug 28, 2024-Dec 13, 2024 For Members Register
  • Semester 2 2024-2025

    Jan 8, 2025-April 25, 2025 For Members Register

Course Overview

In this course, students explore a branch of mathematics known as game theory, which uses mathematical models to inform decision making. There are many applications to everyday dilemmas and conflicts, many of which can be treated as mathematical games.

Students consider significant global events from fields like diplomacy, political science, anthropology, philosophy, economics, and popular culture. They examine models of world conflicts and scheduling of professional athletic contests. Specific topics include two-person zero-sum games, two-person non-zero-sum games, sequential games, multiplayer games, linear optimization, and voting theory.

Students in GOA courses will need reliable access to a computer with webcam/microphone connections, an email address (preferably school-based), a Web-conferencing app (GOA courses use Zoom), and a Word processing app (GOA courses use Google’s G Suite). When necessary, alternative arrangements may be made.

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