Below is a list of all material for Caltech courses offered during the Spring 2021 term and is updated as more information comes in from instructors. Please consult Canvas to view and access your classes’ course reserves. 

Physical reserve material is available for 24-hour checkout from the Sherman Fairchild Library. Online access is also available for some ebooks, and all selected book chapters and films.

Last updated: 03/28/2021


Ae/AM/CE/ME 102C. Mechanics of Structures and Solids

Required textbooks: 

Not required for purchase:

Christensen, R. M. Theory of Viscoelasticity (2nd), 1982. ISBN: 9780486428802

Kachanov, L. M. Fundamentals of the Theory of Plasticity, 1971. ISBN: 9780486435831

Timoshenko, Stephen; Gere, James M. Theory of Elastic Stability (2nd), 2009. ISBN: 9780486472072

Timoshenko, Stephen; Goodier, J. N. Theory of Elasticity (3rd), 1970. ISBN: 9780070642706

Timoshenko, Stephen; Woinowsky-Krieger, S. Theory of Plates and Shells (2nd), 1959. ISBN: 9780070858206

 

ACM095B. Introductory Methods of Applied Mathematics for the Physical Sciences

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Not required for purchase:

Boyce, William E; DiPrima, Richard C. Elementary Differential Equations, 2012. ISBN:9780470458327

Carrier, G.; Pearson, C. Ordinary Differential Equations, 1968. ISBN:9780898712650

Carrier, George F.; Pearson, Carl E. Partial differential equations : theory and technique (2nd), 1988. ISBN: 9780121604516

Haberman, Richard. Applied partial differential equations : with Fourier series and boundary value problems (5th), 2013. ISBN: 9780321797056

 

ACM100B. Introductory Methods of Applied Mathematics for the Physical Sciences

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Not required for purchase:

Boyce, William E; DiPrima, Richard C. Elementary Differential Equations, 2012. ISBN:9780470458327

Carrier, G.; Pearson, C. Ordinary Differential Equations, 1968. ISBN:9780898712650

Carrier, George F.; Pearson, Carl E. Partial differential equations : theory and technique (2nd), 1988. ISBN: 9780121604516

Haberman, Richard. Applied partial differential equations : with Fourier series and boundary value problems (5th), 2013. ISBN: 9780321797056

 

ACM109. Mathematical Modelling

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Not required for purchase:

Gonzalez, Oscar; Stuart, A. M. A first course in continuum mechanics, 2008. ISBN:9780521886802

Weinan, E. Principles of multiscale modeling, 2011. ISBN:9781107096547

 

BE/EE/MedE 189A/B - no required materials

 

BEM104. Investments

Required textbooks: 

Bodie, Zvi; Kane, Alex; Marcus, Alan J. Investments (11th), 2018. ISBN: 9781259277177

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BEM107. Corporate Finance

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Berk, J.; DeMarzo, P. Corporate Finance (5th), 2020. ISBN: 9781292304151

 

BEM 117 - no required materials

 

Bi 009. Cell Biology

Required textbooks:

Bruce Alberts, Alexander D. Johnson, Julian Lewis, David Morgan, Martin Raff, Keith Roberts, Peter Walter. Molecular Biology of the Cell (6th edition), 2015. ISBN: 9780815344322

Not required for purchase: 

 

Bi 160 - no required materials

 

Bi/BE 001X - no required materials

 

Ch 021C. Physical Chemistry

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Atkins, P. W.; De Paula, Julio. Atkins' Physical chemistry (8th), 2006. ISBN:9780716787594

Chandler, David. Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics (1st), 1987. ISBN:9780195042764

Cox, Heather; McQuarrie, Donald A. Problems and solutions to accompany McQuarrie and Simon, Physical chemistry: a molecular approach (1st), 1997. ISBN:9780935702439

Davidson, Norman R. Statistical Mechanics, 2003. ISBN:9781621985952

Holbrook, K. A.; Pilling, M. J.; Robertson, Struan H.; Robinson, P. J. Unimolecular reactions (2nd), 1996. ISBN:9780471922681

Houston, Paul L. Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Dynamics, 2006. ISBN:9780486453347

McQuarrie, Donald A.; Simon, John D. Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach (1st), 1997. ISBN:9780935702996

McQuarrie, Donald A. Statistical Mechanics (1st), 2000. ISBN:9781891389153

Steinfeld, Jeffrey I.; Francisco, Joseph Salvadore.; Hase, William L. Chemical kinetics and dynamics (2nd), 1999. ISBN:9780137371235

 

ChE063B. Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics

Required textbooks:

Koretsky, Milo D. Engineering and Chemical Thermodynamics, 2004. ISBN: 9780471385868

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ChE/Ch 148. Polymer Physics

Required textbooks:

Rubinstein, Michael; Colby, Ralph H. Polymer Physics, 2003. ISBN: 9780198520597

Not required for purchase: 

Doi, M.; Edwards, S. F. The Theory of Polymer Dynamics, 1986. ISBN: 9780198520337

Gennes, Pierre-Gilles de. Scaling Concepts in Polymer Physics, 1979. ISBN: 9780801412035

Hiemenz, Paul C. Polymer chemistry (2nd), 2007. ISBN: 9781574447798

Larson, Ronald G. Constitutive equations for polymer melts and solutions, 1988. ISBN: 9780409901191

Larson, Ronald G. The structure and rheology of complex fluids, 1998. ISBN: 9780195121971

Sperling, L. H. Introduction to physical polymer science, 2006. ISBN: 9780471706069

Young, Robert J.; Lovell, P. A. Introduction to polymers (3rd), 2011. ISBN: 9781439894156

 

CS 038. Algorithms

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Cormen, Thomas H.; Leiserson, Charles E. Introduction to Algorithms, 2014. ISBN: 9780262270830

 

CS 138. Computer Algorithms

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Cormen, Thomas H.; Leiserson, Charles E. Introduction to Algorithms, 2014. ISBN: 9780262270830

 

E  110. Principles of University Teaching and Learning in STEM

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Not required for purchase:  

Ambrose, Susan A. [and others].  How learning works: seven research-based principles for smart teaching (1st), 2010. ISBN: 9780470484104

Gooblar, David. The Missing Course: everything they never taught you about college teaching, 2019. ISBN: 9780674984417

Kober, Nancy. Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering, 2015. ISBN: 9780309300445

 

EE 045. Electronics Systems and Laboratory

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Not required for purchase:  

Sedra, Adel S.; Smith, Kenneth C. Microelectronic Circuits (6th), 2010. ISBN:9780195323030

Tsividis, Yannis. A first lab in circuits and electronics, 2002. ISBN:9780471386957

 

En 123. The 19th-Century English Novel

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Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre, 2009. ISBN: 9780307455192

Collins, Wilkie. Woman in White, 2003. ISBN: 9780141439617

Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist, 2003. ISBN: 9780141439747

Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 2001. ISBN: 9780140437713

Eliot, George. Middlemarch, 2008. ISBN: 9780199536757

Stoker, Bram. Dracula, 2003. ISBN:9780141439846

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En/H 193. Cervantes, Truth or Dare: Don Quixote in an Age of Empire

Required textbooks:

Cervantes, Miguel de; Grossman, Edith, trans.; Bloom, Harold intro. Don Quixote, 2003. ISBN: 9780060934347

Johnson, Carol B. Don Quixote: The Quest for Modern Fiction, 2000. ISBN: 9781577661481

Not required for purchase: 

Selected chapters from:

Brewer, Brian. The Art of Cervantes in Don Quixote: Critical Essays, 2019. ISBN: 9781781885055

Menocal, Maria Rosa. The Ornament of the World: How Muslims, Jews, and Christians Created a Culture of Tolerance in Medieval Spain, 2002. ISBN: 9780316566889

Wilson, Diana de Armas, ed. and trans. Don Quijote: a revised translation, backgrounds and contexts, criticism, 2020. ISBN: 9780393617474

 

ESE132. Tropical Atmosphere Dynamics

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Randall, David A. An introduction to the global circulation of the atmosphere, 2015. ISBN:9780691148960

Vallis, Geoffrey K. Essentials of atmospheric and oceanic dynamics, 2019. ISBN:9781107692794

 

Ge 001. Earth and Environment

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Not required for purchase: 

Langmuir, Charles H.; Broecker, Wally. How to Build a Habitable Planet: The Story of Earth from the Big Bang to Humankind, 2012. ISBN: 9780691140063

 

Ge 111B. Applied Geophysics Seminar and Field Course - class cancelled

 

Ge 121C. Advanced Field Geology

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Not required for purchase: 

Branney, M. J.; Kokelaar, B. P. Pyroclastic density currents and the sedimentation of ignimbrites, 2002. ISBN: 9781862391246

Carpenter, Mark B.; Keane, Christopher M. The Geoscience Handbook 2016, 2016. ISBN: 9780913312476

Coe, Angela L. Geological Field Techniques, 2010. ISBN: 9781444330618

Compton, Robert R. Geology in the Field, 1985. ISBN: 9780471829027

Schmincke, Hans-Ulrich. Volcanism, 2004. ISBN: 9783642189524

 

Ge/Ch 127. Nuclear Chemistry - no required materials

 

Ge/ESE 143. Organic Geochemistry

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Killops, S. D.; Killops, V. J. Introduction to organic geochemistry (2nd), 2005. ISBN: 9780632065042

Peters, Kenneth E; Walters, C. C.; Moldowan, J. M. The Biomarker Guide (2 volumes) (2nd), 2005. ISBN: 978052178158

 

Ge/ESE 150. Planetary Atmospheres

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Not required for purchase:  

Sanchez-Lavega, Agustin. An Introduction to Planetary Atmospheres, 2011. ISBN: 9781420067323

Seager, Sara. Exoplanet atmospheres : physical processes, 2010. ISBN: 9780691119144

 

Ge/EE/ESE 157C. Remote Sensing for Environmental and Geological Applications

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Rees, W.G. Physical Principles of Remote Sensing (3rd), 2013. ISBN: 9781139839914

 

Ge 163. Geodynamics

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Davies, G. F. Dynamic Earth: Plates, Plumes and Mantle Convection, 1999. ISBN: 9780521590679

Ranali, G. Rheology of the Earth, 1995. ISBN: 9780412546709

Stacey, F. D.; Davis, Paul M. Physics of the earth, 2008. ISBN: 9780521873628

Turcotte, D. L. and Schubert, G. Geodynamics, 2002. ISBN: 9780521661867

Turcotte, D. L.; Schubert, G. Geodynamics, 2014. ISBN: 9781107006539

 

Ge 264. Machine Learning in Geophysics - no required materials

 

H  108B. The High Middle Ages

Required textbooks:

Geary, Patrick J.. Readings in medieval history: Volumes I & II (5th), 2016. ISBN: 9781442634398

Not required for purchase: 

 

H 132. Humanistic Ecology

Required textbooks:

Price, Jennifer. Stop Saving the Planet! An Environmentalist Manifesto, 2021. ISBN: 9780393540871

Not required for purchase: 

 

HPS/Pl 125. Philosophical Issues in Quantum Physics

Becker, Adam. What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics (1st), 2018. ISBN: 9780465096053

Carroll, Sean M. Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime, 2019. ISBN: 9781524743017

 

HPS/H 168. History of Electromagnetism and Heat Science

Required textbooks:

Purrington, Robert. Physics in the Nineteenth Century, 1997. ISBN: 9780813524429

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HPS/Pl 125. Philosophical Issues in Quantum Physics

Required textbooks:

Norsen, Travis. Foundations of Quantum Mechanics: An Exploration of the Physical Meaning of Quantum Theory, 2017. ISBN: 9783319658674

Not required for purchase: 

Becker, Adam. What Is Real? The Unfinished Quest for the Meaning of Quantum Physics (1st), 2018. ISBN:9780465096053

Carroll, Sean M. Something Deeply Hidden: Quantum Worlds and the Emergence of Spacetime, 2019. ISBN:9781524743017

Maudlin, Tim. Philosophy of physics: quantum theory, 2019. ISBN: 9780691190679

 

Hum/H 008A. Civilization, Science, and Archaeology: Before Greece: The Origins of Civilization in Mesopotamia

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Oppenheim, A. Leo. Ancient Mesopotamia: Portrait of a Dead Civilization (Revised edition), 1977. ISBN: 9780226631875

Postgate, J.N. Early Mesopotamia: Society and Economy at the Dawn of History (1st), 1994. ISBN: 9780415110327

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Hum/H 009B. European Civilization: Early Modern Europe

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Wey Gómez, Nicolás. The tropics of empire: why Columbus sailed south to the Indies, 2008. ISBN: 9780262232647

Selected chapters from: 

Bernardino, de Sahagún; Anderson, Arthur J. O.; Dibble, Charles E. . Florentine codex : general history of the things of New Spain, 2012. ISBN: 9781607811923

Bernardino, de Sahagún; Anderson, Arthur J. O.; Dibble, Charles E. . Florentine codex : general history of the things of New Spain Part I. Introductions and indices: introductions, 2012. ISBN:

 

Hum/H 009C. European Civilization: Modern Europe

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Riefenstahl, Lenni, director. Triumph of the Will, 1937. 

Szabo, Istvan, director. Colonel Redl, 1985. 

 

Hum/En 021. Monsters and Marvels

Required textbooks:

Heaney, Seamus, trans. Beowulf (Bilingual edition), 2001. ISBN:9780393320978

Winny, James, trans. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (paperback or e-book), 1995. ISBN:9781770482449 (ebook available for purchase)

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Hum/En 023. Literature and Medicine

Required textbooks:

Forney, Ellen. Marbles: Mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me, 2012. ISBN: 9781592407323

Ishiguro, Kazuo. Never Let Me Go, 2006. ISBN: 9780571258093

Manguso, Sarah. Two Kinds of Decay, 2009. ISBN: 9780312428440

McEwan, Ian. The Children Act: a novel, 2014. ISBN: 9780385539708

Sontag, Susan. Illness as Metaphor, 2001. ISBN: 9780312420130

Williams, William Carlos. The Doctor Stories, 1984. ISBN: 9780811209250

Not required for purchase: 

Broyard, Anatole. Intoxicated by My Illness: and other writings on life and death, 1992. ISBN: 9780517582169

Williams, Ian. Bad Doctor, 2015. ISBN: 9780271067544

Selected chapters from:

Czerwiec, MK. Graphic medicine manifesto, 2015. ISBN: 9780271079264

George, Rose. Nine Pints: a journey through the money, medicine, and mysteries of blood, 2018. ISBN: 9781627796378

Jamison, Leslie. Empathy Exams: Essays, 2014. ISBN: 9781555976712

Marsh, Henry. Do no harm: stories of life, death, and brain surgery, 2016. ISBN: 9781250090133

McCloud, Scott. Understanding Comics, 1993. ISBN: 9780060976255

Sacks, Oliver. Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, 2011. ISBN: 9781509881918

Sharp, Lesley Alexandra. Strange Harvest: organ transplants, denatured bodies, and the transformed self, 2006. ISBN: 9780520247840

 

Hum/En 027. Literature and the Problem of Belief

Required textbooks:

Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe, 2009. ISBN: 9780199553976

Not required for purchase: 

 

Hum/Pl 044. Philosophy Through Science Fiction

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Hughart, Ron, director. Futurama: The Farnsworth Parabox (season 4 ep. 15), 2003. 

Macdonald, Hettie, director. Doctor Who: Blink (season 3 ep. 10), 2007. 

Maeda, Mahiro, director. The Animatrix: The Second Renaissance: Parts I and II, 2003. 

Montesi, Jorge, director. The Outer Limits: Think Like a Dinosaur (season 7 ep. 8), 2001. 

Russo, Anthony; Russo, Joe, directors. Avengers: Infinity War, 2018. 

Wachowskis, directors. The Matrix, 1999. 

 

L 110C - Section 2. Elementary Spanish

Required textbooks:

Rubio, Fernando; Cannon, Timothy. JUNTOS - Standalone Digital Access - Student Edition with the accompanying digital platform MindTap Spanish, 2019. ISBN: 9781285868967

Not required for purchase: 

 

L  167. Latin Literature

Required textbooks:

Ovid. Ars Amatoria. Book 3, 2014. ISBN: 9780199987337

Not required for purchase: 

 

Ma 001C - Analytical. Calculus of One and Several Variables and Linear Algebra

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Michael Spivak. Calculus On Manifolds: A Modern Approach To Classical Theorems Of Advanced Calculus, 1965. ISBN:

 

Ma 001C (Practical). Calculus of One and Several Variables and Linear Algebra

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Marsden, Jerrold E; Tromba, Anthony. Vector Calculus (6th), 2012. ISBN: 9781429215084

 

Ma 004 | Ma 104. Introduction to Mathematical Chaos

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Alligood, Kathleen T.,Sauer, Tim D.,Yorke, James A. Chaos : An Introduction to Dynamical Systems, 1997. ISBN:9783642592812

Pesin, Ya. B; Climenhaga, Vaughn. Lectures on fractal geometry and dynamical systems, 2009. ISBN:9780821848890

 

Ma 109C. Introduction to Geometry and Topology

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Guillemin, V.; Pollack, Alan. Differential Topology, 1974. ISBN:9780132126052

 

Ma 120C. Abstract Algebra

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Lang, Serge. Algebra (3rd), 2002. ISBN: 9780387953854

 

 

ME/MS/Ae/AM 224. Multifunctional Materials

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Bhattacharya, Kaushik. Microstructure of Martensite: why it forms and how it gives rise to the shape-memory effect, 2003. ISBN: 9780198509349

Warner, M.; Terentjev, E. M. Liquid crystal elastomers, 2003. ISBN: 9780198527671

 

MS 133. Kinetic Processes in Materials

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Borg, R. J.; Dienes, G. J. Introduction to Solid State Diffusion, 1988. ISBN: 9780121184254

Machlin, E. S. An introduction to aspects of thermodynamics and Kinetics, relevant to materials science, 1999. ISBN: 9781878857118

Mauro, John C. Materials Kinetics, Transport and Rate Phenomena, 2021. ISBN: 9780128239070

Porter, David A.; Easterling, K. E.; Sherif, Mohamed Y. Phase Transformations in Metals and Alloys, 2009. ISBN: 9781420062106

Readey, D. W. Kinetics in materials science, 2017. ISBN: 9781482235661

Shewmon, Paul G. Diffusion in Solids, 1989. ISBN: 9780873391054

 

ME 011C. Thermal Science

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Çengel, Yunus A. and Cimbala, John M. Fluid mechanics : fundamentals and applications (4th), 2018. ISBN: 9781259696534

Smits, Alexander J. A physical introduction to fluid mechanics, 2000. ISBN: 9780471253495

White, Frank M. Fluid Mechanics (7th), 2011. ISBN: 9780077422417

 

ME 012C. Mechanics

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Selected chapters from:

Beer, Ferdinand P. Vector Mechanics for Engineers: Statics and Dynamics (9th edition), 2009. ISBN: 9780073529400 

White, F.M. Fluid Mechanics (7th), 2010. ISBN: 9780073529349

 

ME 201 | AM 201 | CE 201. Advanced Topics in Mechanical Engineering | Advanced Topics in Applied Mechanics | Advanced Topics in Civil Engineering

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Haile, J. M. Molecular dynamics simulation: elementary methods, 1992. ISBN:9780471819660

Frenkel and B. Smit. Understanding molecular simulation: from algorithms to applications (2nd Edition), 2002. ISBN: 9780122673511 

O’Sullivan, Catherine. Particulate discrete element modeling: A GEOMECHANICS PERSPECTIVE, 2011. ISBN: 9780203880982

Rapaport, D. C. The art of molecular dynamics simulation (2nd), 2004. ISBN:9780511193743

 

MedE/EE 268. Medical Imaging

Required textbooks:

J. L. Prince, and J. M. Links. Medical Imaging Signals and Systems (2nd), 2014. ISBN: 9780132145183

Not required for purchase: 

 

Mu 139. History III: Music History from 1850 to the Present

Required textbooks:

Ross, Alex. The Rest is Noise (1st), 2008. ISBN: 9780312427719

Not required for purchase: 

Crist, Elizabeth. Music for the Common Man : Aaron Copland During the Depression and War, 2006. ISBN: 9780195383591

Cross, J. The Cambridge Companion to Stravinsky, 2003. ISBN: 9780521663304

Taruskin, Richard. Stravinsky and the russian traditions, 1996. ISBN: 9780198162506

Selected chapters from:

Pollack, Howard. Aaron Copland: The Life and Work...., 2000. ISBN: 9780252069000

Walsh, Stephen. Stravinsky: a creative spring: Russia and France, 1882-1934 (1st), 1999. ISBN: 9780679414841

Ph 106C. Topics in Classical Physics

Required textbooks:

Griffiths, David J. Introduction to Electrodynamics (4th), 2013. ISBN:9780321856562

Not required for purchase: 

Heald, Mark A.; Marion, Jerry B. Classical Electromagnetic Radiation (3rd), 1995. ISBN:9780030972775

Jackson, J. D. Classical Electrodynamics (3rd), 1999. ISBN:9780471309321

Landau, L. D.,Lifshitz, E. M. The Classical Theory of Fields (4th), 1987. ISBN:9780080181769

Landau, L. D.; Lifshit︠s︡, E. M. Electrodynamics of continuous media (2nd), 1984. ISBN:9780080302768

Rindler, Wolfgang. Introduction to Special Relativity (2nd), 1991. ISBN:9780198539520

Taylor, Edwin F. Spacetime physics : introduction to special relativity (2nd), 1992. ISBN:9780716723271

 

SS 205C. Foundations of Economics

Required textbooks:

Mas-Colell; Whinston; Green. Microeconomic Theory, 1995. ISBN:9780195073409

Not required for purchase: 

Börgers, Tilman. Introduction to the Theory of Mechanism Design, 2015. ISBN:9780199734023

Diamantaris. Toolbox for Economic Design, 2009. ISBN:9780230610606 

Krishna, Vijay. Auction Theory, 2009. ISBN:9780123745071

Salanié, Bernard. The Economics of Contracts: A Primer, 1997. ISBN:9780262193863

 

SS 222C. Econometrics

Required textbooks:

Wooldridge, Jeffrey M. Econometric Analysis of Cross Section and Panel Data (2nd), 2010. ISBN:9780262232586

Not required for purchase: 

Kleiber, Christian; Zeileis, Achim. Applied econometrics with R, 2008. ISBN:9780387773162

 

SS 229C - no required materials

 

VC 070. Traditions of Japanese Art

Required textbooks:

Not required for purchase: 

Earhart, H. Byron. Japanese Religion: Unity and Diversity (5th), 2014. ISBN:9781133934813

Mason, Penelope E.; Dinwiddie, Donald. History of Japanese Art (2nd), 2005. ISBN:9780131176010

Tanizaki, Junʼichirō. In Praise of Shadows (1st), 1977. ISBN:9780918172020