1.1 — The Tools of Microeconomics — Class Content

Meeting Dates

Section 1: Monday, August 24, 2022

Section 2: Tuesday, August 25, 2022

Upcoming Assignment

Please complete the preliminary survey by next class.


Welcome to ECON 306 — Microeconomic Analysis! Today’s lesson will be an overview of the content and the assignments of the course. Please read and familiarize yourself with the syllabus.

This is not just a “syllabus day,” as we need to hit the ground running, but today will give you a “big picture” look at this semester, and how to use microeconomic analysis, by focusing on the two main tools/models: optimization and equilibrium. We will dive right into optimization models next class.


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) on this website are my design, and will not match up with the textbook!

Optional/Referenced Readings


Below, you can find the slides in two formats. Clicking the image will bring you to the html version of the slides in a new tab. The lower button will allow you to download a PDF version of the slides.


You can type h to see a special list of viewing options, and type o for an outline view of all the slides.

I suggest printing the slides beforehand and using them to take additional notes in class (not everything is in the slides)!


Download as PDF


Preliminary Math Survey Due Next Class

Please take the preliminary survey on your math background by next class. This will help us all have a productive semester together.