151-0500 – Mathematics A (Math A)

Gurantor departmentDepartment of Mathematical Methods in Economics
Subject guarantorprof. RNDr. Dana Šalounová, Ph.D.
Study levelundergraduate or graduate
Subject version
Version codeYear of introductionYear of cancellationCredits
151-0500/01 2004/2005 2009/2010 4
151-0500/02 2014/2015 2017/2018 5
151-0500/03 2018/2019 5

Subject aims expressed by acquired skills and competences

Knowledge • Define the function of one variable. • Find the domain and range and basic properties. • Draw graphs of elementary functions. • Compute limits and derivates of functions. • Find the properties of no elementary functions a draw theirs graphs. • Obtain easier imagine about economic functions. • Order knowledge about vectors in the plain. • Identify the types of matrices. • Solve the system of linear equations. Comprehension • Express economic dependences using a mathematical function. • Explain the slope of a function. • Restate the terms “concavity” and “convexity” into the “degressive” and “progressive”. • Generalise the functions on the dependences in the real live. • Express knowledge of vectors to the space. Applications • Relate economic and mathematical functions. • Discover the tools suitable for describing of dependences in economics and other sciences. • Develop the technique of graphs drawing. • Apply knowledge of linear algebra in economics, e.g. traffic problems, structural analysis. • Solve basic problems of linear programming.

Teaching methods

Individual consultations
Other activities


The subject continues fulfilling general methodical and professional goals of Mathematics, i.e. to train the rational thinking and the ability to conceive and work with quantitative information concerning the real world. This is being done especially by mathematization of the practical as well as theoretical economic problems. This subject supplies the students’ education with realms of higher Mathematics which is applicable namely to the creation and investigation of economic models.

Compulsory literature:

[1] Sydsaeter, K., Hammond, P. J. Mathematics for Economics Analysis. Pearson, 2002, ISBN 9788177581041 [2] Hoy, M., Livernois, J., McKenna, Ch., Rees, R., Stengos, T. Mathematics for Economics. The MIT Press, London, 2011. [3] Tan, T.S. Calculus: Early Transcendentals. Brooks/Cole Cengage Learning, Belmont, 2011.

Recommended literature:

[1] Larson, R., Falvo, C.D. Elementary Linear Algebra. Houghton Mifflin, Boston, New York, 2008. [2] Luderer, B., Nollau, V., Vetters, K. Mathematical Formulas for Economists. Springer Verlag, third edition, 2007. [3] Simon, C.P., Blume, L. Mathematics for Economists. W.W. Norton & Company, New York-London, 2005.


Subject has no prerequisities.


Subject has no co-requisities.