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Introduction to Game Theory: a Discovery Approach

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Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom, McMinnville, Oregon

Copyright Year: 2017

Publisher: Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom

Language: English

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Table of Contents

  • 1 What is Game Theory?
  • 2 Two-Person Zero-Sum Games
  • 3 Repeated Two-Person Zero-sum Games
  • 4 Non-Zero-Sum Games

About the Book

Game theory is an excellent topic for a non-majors quantitative course as it develops mathematical models to understand human behavior in social, political, and economic settings. The variety of applications can appeal to a broad range of students. Additionally, students can learn mathematics through playing games, something many choose to do in their spare time! This text also includes an exploration of the ideas of game theory through the rich context of popular culture. It contains sections on applications of the concepts to popular culture. It suggests films, television shows, and novels with themes from game theory. The questions in each of these sections are intended to serve as essay prompts for writing assignments.


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About the Contributors


Jennifer Firkins Nordstrom, Department of Mathematics, Linfield College