1.1 — The Tools of Microeconomics — Class Content



Welcome to ECON 306 - Microeconomic Analysis! Today’s lesson will be an introduction to the course and the tools we use in microeconomics.

If you have not done so, please watch my welcome video, take my survey, join our class Slack channel, and read the important items, which can be found in the START HERE menu item in the course’s Blackboard site.I would link to them all here, but this website is public on the internet, so I am ensuring only real enrolled students can access these via Blackboard!

The live class Zoom meeting link can be found on Blackboard (see LIVE ZOOM MEETINGS on the left navigation menu), and will start at 2:00 PM Monday (for section 1) or Tuesday (for section 2).

If you are unable to join this live session, or if you want to review, you can find the recording stored on Blackboard via Panopto (see Class Recordings on the left navigation menu).


Today is introductory, but you may look at Chapter 1 if you wish, to remind you about the use of models in economics. Otherwise, please heed this timeless message:

Please note going forward, the lesson numbers and topics (e.g. 1.1) are my design, and will not match up with the textbook!

Optional/Referenced Readings





Preliminary Math Survey Due Sunday Feb 7

Please take the preliminary math survey on your math background by 11:59 PM Sunday February 7. This will help us all have a productive course together.