Mathematics for Social Scientists, II


  • Howard Thompson, University of Michigan-Flint

This workshop will be offered in an online video format.

An understanding of mathematical ideas at the level of ICPSR's course in Mathematics for Social Scientists, I is a prerequisite for this course. This four-week series of lectures will focus on various mathematical topics, knowledge of which is essential for understanding most of the intermediate-level courses, in particular the workshops devoted to regression analysis. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the basic concepts of applied matrix algebra and development of an intuitive knowledge of differential and integral calculus. Several important classes of functions will be defined and their usefulness will be illustrated. Matrix algebra will be discussed at about the level of Namboodiri's Matrix Algebra: An Introduction, while Kleppner and Ramsey's Quick Calculus captures the nature of the calculus discourse.

Fee and Registration: This course is part of the first four-week session. Please see our fee chart on our Registration page for the cost of attending one (or both) four-week session(s). Participants who enroll in a four-week session may take as many courses (workshops and lectures) as desired during the session for which they are enrolled. Participants in the four-week sessions are also welcome to attend all of the lectures and discussions offered in the Blalock Lecture Series.

Tags: matrix algebra, calculus

Course Sections

Section 1

Location: Online -- Video format,

Date(s): June 22 - July 17

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM


  • Howard Thompson, University of Michigan-Flint