The Mathematics of Competitive Behavior
- Grade 9+
IBM founder Thomas J. Watson once said, “Business is a game—the greatest game in the world if you know how to play it.” In today’s global economy and the international political arena, the study of games and strategy continues to be a vital field for historians, economists, and politicians to explore. In this course, you will learn the principles of probability, statistics, and combinatorics, and how to apply them while making strategic decisions based on an opponent’s actions and reactions. You and your classmates will investigate the applications of these tools in game theory, learning how they have shaped historical events and how they are applied today in the fields of economics and politics. You will use your new knowledge to debate potential laws, model economic patterns, and reason through international policy decisions.
Note: Students who have taken CTY’s Probability and Game Theory or Game Theory and Economics should not take this course.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Plan game theory strategies and apply them to scenarios such as social interactions, politics, voting, business, and natural sciences
- Develop successful game strategies by proposing, formulating, and solving problems related to probability theory
- Generate, examine, and apply zero-sum games, Nash equilibria, saddle points, prisoner’s dilemma interrogation to ideas of competition and real-world strategies
- Examine, analyze, and develop game play to build strategic thinking
- Propose and articulate game strategies and solutions to problems, written and oral, through distinct exercises and collective projects
Summer Dates & Locations
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Course PrerequisitesThe Mathematics of Competitive Behavior requires:
At least a B in Algebra II
Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Students must bring a tablet, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.
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