Michael’s Office Hours Friday, 12/15, changed to 3-4p only

By Michael Manove
December 14th, 2017 in General.

This Friday, Dec 15, I have to had to change my office hours to 3-4 pm.  I’m sorry.


Practice Final Exam (with Answers) is Now Available

By Michael Manove
December 10th, 2017 in Exams.

The Practice Final Exam (with answers) is now available.  The real Final Exam that you will take on Saturday, December 16 (EE and DD with exam conflicts) or on Tuesday, December 19 (DD), 2017, is very similar to the practice exam, and the instructions are the same.  BE SURE TO READ THE INSTRUCTIONS NOW!

I suggest that you print out the practice-exam question booklet, allow yourself 2 hours, and take the exam.  The correct answers are posted on the last page of the booklet.  For the practice exam, circle your answers in the booklet that you printed.  After you have taken the practice exam, compare your answers with the posted answers.  If your own answer is different from the posted answer, think about why the posted answer may be better than your own answer, discuss the question with other students, and if necessary consult with TFs in the Principles Center, which is open between 10 am and 6 pm every weekday.  Of course, it is always possible that the posted answer is incorrect :-(  .

I have asked the TFs to review Problem Set 11 in  the review sessions and not to spend time reviewing the practice exam.  However, a few of the TFs may decide to discuss a small number of practice-exam questions that the class found to be especially difficult or confusing.  The questions marked with an asterisk (*) will be discussed in Lecture 24 on Tuesday, Dec 12.

The practice exam and the Final Exam are intended to cover all lectures listed on the Course ScheduleTo view and print the practice exam questions go to the Exams page.  Go to the Scantron Example to see how to enter your answers during real midterm.

Problem Set 11 Is Now Available

By Michael Manove
December 9th, 2017 in Assignments.

Problem Set 11 is now available.  This problem set is recommended but not required.

I will normally post problem sets each Saturday afternoon by 6 pm.

Not Applicable to Problem Set 11:
I strongly advise you to work through the problems before your next discussion section.  It is okay to talk with your friends about the problems, but it is important that you understand them. Your problem sets will not be graded individually, but your TF will ask you to discuss the problems, and your general understanding during the semester will count towards your discussion-section grade.  Here is the link: problem-set assignments.


Teaching Fellow Review Sessions (Attendance NOT Required)

By Michael Manove
December 8th, 2017 in Uncategorized.

Each EC101 DD/EE Teaching Fellow will offer a review session during the study period.  Student attendance is not required.  If you wish to attend, you may attend any review sessions you choose. If you wish, you may attend more than one session.  Roll will not be taken, and student participation will not be recorded.  During the review sessions, the TFs will discuss Problem Set 11 and, time permitting, the practice final exam.  Both will be posted this weekend (Dec 9 or 10).

Time Wednesday
Dec 13
CAS 226
Dec 14
CAS 213
10:00 – 11:50 Yiwen Enrico
12:00 –   1:50 Fatima Guangzhi
  2:00 –   3:50 Juan Ran
  4:00 –   5:50 Tom Thea

Online Course Evaluations for EC101 DD/EE

By Michael Manove
December 5th, 2017 in General.

If you have not yet completed the Online Course Evaluation for EC101 DD/EE please complete it as soon as possible.

The entire EC101 DD/EE evaluation is about your instructor, Michael Manove, (except for Q4) and the design of the course.  TF evaluations should be completed separately.

Q5: For the question about lab instructors (not applicable to this course) substitute:
“I found the clicker questions useful.”


  1. Type the following URL into your internet browser’s search field:  .
  2. Enter your BU login name and Kerberos Password. Complete the evaluation for this course.
  3. Your evaluations are anonymous. Instructors will not receive results until final grades have been submitted.
  4. Comments in the text fields are valued and encouraged. Please try to answer all questions, but if a question is not applicable to you, or if you do not wish to answer it, then you can skip it.
  5. When you are done, please close your browser.


EC101 DD Students with Final Exam Conflicts: Doodle Poll (now closed)

By Michael Manove
October 14th, 2017 in Exams.

If you are a EC101 DD student who is also enrolled in QST SM131, you will be permitted to take the EC101 final exam with the EC101 EE students on Saturday, Dec 16 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the LAW Auditorium.  If you do not want to take the EE exam, then you have the right to take the EC101 final exam at the original time on Dec 19 and take the SM131 exam at another time.  The SM131 instructors have agreed to this policy.

If you want to change your final exam to Saturday, Dec 16 at 3:00-5:00pm, please enter your BU Email Address and the number of the course that conflicts in the Doodle Poll at the following link:

Entry example:, SM131

If you ask to change, you then will be required to take the exam on Saturday, Dec 16 at 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the LAW Auditorium.


Teaching Fellow Office Hours Are Posted

By Michael Manove
September 15th, 2017 in General.

Teaching-fellow office hours have been posted since the first week of classes are available Monday to Friday, 10:00a to 6:00p.  I urge you to take advantage of them.  Go to Classes > Office Hours to see the complete schedule.

EC101 FAQs

By Michael Manove
September 12th, 2017 in General.

These are questions frequently asked by students in EC101 DD/EE.  When students send me emails with questions about the course, I will update this post. –Michael

  • Do I have to buy a clicker?
    Yes.  You are required to buy a Turning Technologies student-response device, often called a clicker. I recommend that you buy it at the BU Bookstore.  The clicker comes with a 1-semester, 1-year or 5-year subscription–be careful not to lose the certificate. Go to Course Information > How to Buy a Student Response Device for more information.  Be prepared for many steps :-( .  I no longer allow students to use smartphone apps, because they often fail to connect to the internet during the lectures.
  • I am unable to register or obtain a subscription (license) for my clicker. What should I do?
    TurningTechnologies at 866-746-3015, 8:00am–9:00pm Boston time or go to their technical-support website.
  • Where are the problem-set assignments?
    All problem-set assignments will be posted on the course website. Go to Classes > Problem-Set Assignments on Friday evening of the week before they are due.  The problems will be reviewed in your discussion sections on the week they are due.
  • Do I have to finish assigned textbook readings in the Course Schedule by the date that’s given there?
    No, the dates on the course schedule are only a suggestions.  But try not to fall behind.  Keep in mind that the exams (80 percent of the course grade) are focused on the lectures, and the textbook is to be used mainly as a reference and for the homework assignments and quizzes.
  • Can I get a copy of the lecture slides?
    No, I don’t distribute those.  But you can download a pdf copy of the Lecture Outlines, which are similar to the slides.  The outlines omit the pictures and some of the lecture details, but they leave you a place to add your own notes. To download the lecture outlines go to Classes > Lecture Outlines.

How to Review Quiz Questions

By Michael Manove
September 17th, 2015 in Assignments.

You can review the contents of a quiz, but only after the day and time the quiz is due.  To review the questions, log into MyEconLab, and then click on Results in the menu on the left (do NOT click on Assignments).  After that, you will see the word Review for each quiz in the list of quizzes.  Click on Review.