Please Note!

Starting with the academic year 2024/2025, this course will be changed so that it will no longer consist of an introductory and a advanced part. The number of hours will therefore be reduced, and the teaching will conducted entirety in the spring semester. Instead of the introductory part, preliminary courses will be offered during the autumn semester.

This is a basic mathematics course that spans two semesters. It aims to prepare the student for quantitative courses in economics and finance. The first semester (autumn) covers basic mathematical skills in algebra, equations, inequalities, functions and their graphs, and differentiation. The second semester (spring) focuses on more advanced calculus and some financial mathematics.

Course content

  • Basic algebra
  • Solving equations and inequalities. Systems of equations
  • Functions and graphs
  • Differentiation and its use in economics
  • Basic financial mathematics
  • Basic integration
  • Functions of two variables. Partial differentiation and Langrange's method
  • Introduction to matrices and Gauss elimination. 


This is an excerpt from the complete course description for the course. If you are an active student at BI, you can find the complete course descriptions with information on eg. learning goals, learning process, curriculum and exam at portal.bi.no. We reserve the right to make changes to this description.