- Welcome to choose this class. More information will come in late summer 2021.
- Course description
- Students obligations
- Tentative schedule
- Honor code
- Harassment and Discrimination
|Instructor||Dr. Le Chen|
|Class Time||MWF, 10:00 -- 10:50|
|Class Room||PARKR 228|
|Office hours||MWF, 13:00 -- 13:50|
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MATH 6870in the subject field of your email to ensure a timely response.
The course serves as an introduction to mathematical aspects of pricing of financial derivatives including the Black-Scholes model and the binomial option pricing model. Topics also include partial differential equations and relevant numerical methods.
The following two books will be the main references for this course:
- "The Mathematics of Financial Derivatives: A Student Introduction", by Paul Wilmott, Sam Howison, and Jeff Dewynne, Cambridge University Press, ISBN: 978-0521497893
- "Derivatives Markets", 3rd edition, by McDonald, R.L., Pearson Education, ISBN: 978-0-32154-308-0.
The course will cover the following topics
- Introduction to options.
- Binomial option pricing.
- Brownian motion.
- Stochastic integration.
- Stochastic differential equation.
- Ito's formula.
- Introduction to partial differential equations.
- Black-Scholes PDE and heat equation.
- Numerical solutions of PDE.
- MATH 1610, 1620, 2650
- STAT 3600
- Some programming ability.
In order to successfully master the material and complete the course, you are expected to
- Read the textbooks and attend the lectures.
Take the advantage of the office hours, which give you additional chance to interact with the
- Complete midterm tests and quizzes. Complete the semester project and make a presentation.
- Do not hesitate to ask for help whenever needed.
Note: The syllabus was created in March 2021, and it is subject to changes during the semester.
- There will be about 8 homework assignments but not collected.
- Six quizzes and three tests will be given throughout the semester on Fridays; see the table below.
A semester project will be assigned. For this project, you need to provide your own analysis,
write your codes, and run numerical simulations. You need to make a short presentation in the last
week of the semester.
- Please note down the above dates. No late tests/quizzes will be given.
- More details will come during the semester.
- We will check the attendance randomly during the semester but not at each class meeting.
- Attendance will not directly counted into your final score.
- But sufficient attendance will make your eligible for grade curving at the end of semester.
- The final score will be determined as follows:
Based on the final score (plus potential bonus points), the final letter grade will be
determined as follows:
Grade (+) Grade Grade (-) A 92%-100% A- 90%-91.9% B+ 87%-89.9% B 82%-86.9% B- 80%-81.9% C+ 77%-87.9% C 72%-76.9% C- 70%-71.9% D+ 67%-67.9% D 67%-67.9% D- 60%-61.9% F 0%-59.9%
- Slides will be provided and updated constantly throughout the semester over here.
Below is the tentative schedule that may change during the semester:
Monday -- Friday Coverage Test/Quizzes on Friday Misc Week 1 08/16 -- 08/20 Week 2 08/23 -- 08/27 Quiz 1 Week 3 08/30 -- 09/03 Quiz 2 Week 4 09/06 -- 09/10 Test 1 Week 5 09/13 -- 09/17 Week 6 09/20 -- 09/24 Quiz 3 Week 7 09/27 -- 10/01 Quiz 4 Week 8 10/04 -- 10/08 Fall Break week Week 9 10/11 -- 10/15 Test 2 Week 10 10/18 -- 10/22 Week 11 10/25 -- 10/29 Quiz 5 Week 12 11/01 -- 11/05 Quiz 6 Week 13 11/08 -- 11/12 Test 3 Week 14 11/15 -- 11/19 Week 15 11/22 -- 11/26 Thanksgiving Week Week 16 11/29 -- 12/02 Presentation
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effective and enjoyable.
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- You may send me an email.
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- Students should familiarize themselves with Auburn honor code here
Students are encouraged to share ideas and solutions on problem sets and labs, but must
express those ideas in their own words in their submitted work.
- Students are not authorized to view or use the work of another student during exams.
Your success in this class is important to me. We will all need accommodations because we all learn differently. If there are aspects of this course that prevent you from learning or exclude you, please let me know as soon as possible. Together we’ll develop strategies to meet both your needs and the requirements of the course.
I encourage you to visit the Office of Accessibility to determine how you could improve your learning as well. You can register and make a request for services from the Office of Accessibility. In this case, please do inform me of such requests. See the following link for more information:
- According to Auburn University policies: http://auburn.edu/administration/aaeeo/H&D.php
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