The instructor is Dr. Jason Grout, Howard 235, (515) 271-3113,

Office hours are

  • MW 11:30-12:20, Howard 235 (my office)
  • F 10-10:50, Howard 235 (my office)
  • MWF 1:40-1:55, Medbury 221 (between classes in the classroom)
  • MW 3:00-3:30, Howard 235 (my office)

If you would like to see me and the above times don't work, please schedule an appointment.

Meeting with students one-on-one or in small groups during office hours is one my favorite parts about being a teacher. Often we can address topics more individually or in greater depth than we can during class. On the other hand, one of the hardest things is seeing a student that is struggling that won't come in for help. Please come in if you have questions or want to talk.


You only need one of the following books. The first book covers the full calculus sequence (Calculus 1, 2, and Multivariable Calculus), and the second only has the chapters for Calculus 1 and 2. You can buy the book at the bookstore, online, or you can rent an electronic version (you can either rent the entire book or just specific chapters).

Full calculus sequence version

Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions by Ron Larson and Bruce H. Edwards. Published by Brooks Cole; 5th edition.

ISBN 10: 0538735503

Single Variable Calculus version

The publisher also makes a version of the book that only contains the chapters for Calculus 1 and Calculus 2. This version is slightly cheaper and a little more convenient to carry around.

Calculus by Ron Larson and Bruce H. Edwards. Published by Brooks Cole; 5th edition.

ISBN 10: 053873552X

Time Management

An average college student in this class should expect to spend an average of 2-3 hours in classwork outside of class for every hour in the classroom (i.e., for this class, plan on 7–10 hours of work per week outside of class). You may need to spend more time to earn an A.


You can expect me to:

  • Prepare class material that will help you learn this subject
  • Be available during office hours and other times as arranged and respond to other inquiries (e.g., via email)
  • Prepare challenging assignments, quizzes, and exams that help you learn the material and technology
  • Communicate changes to this syllabus or other course policies through at least one of the website, email, or in class

I expect you to:

  • Prepare for class by doing assignments and reading course notes or the book, as needed
  • Be in class on time and ready to learn; ask questions and participate in class
  • Be respectful of others and keep high standards of honesty and integrity
  • Do as much homework as you need to in order to master the material, making sure that you do at least the minimum number of problems requested
  • Learn to use technology to help you solve problems, including special technology assignments
  • Create written lesson plans and teach all of these to someone that is in this course
  • Take quizzes and exams and promptly review and correct them
  • Talk with me as soon as possible if there is something I can do to help you learn the material better

Late Assignments

Late work will not be accepted, except possibly in extreme circumstances.


The final will be comprehensive and will be designed to test the limits of your understanding in the course.


Please click on a category for further instructions about that component of your grade.

Component Percentage
Progress reports 3%
Assignments 6%
Lesson Plans 6%
Quizzes 10%
Exams 45%
Final 30%

There may be a curve applied at the end of the semester, so the standard percentage grade breaks (90%, 80%, etc.) may be adjusted either up or down.


Academic Honesty

“Academic dishonesty is an all-encompassing term involving any activity that seeks to gain credit for work one has not done or to deliberately damage or destroy the work of others.” See for details of what constitutes cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty. For example:

  • Plagiarism is the misrepresentation, either by intent or negligence, of another’s ideas, phrases, discourse, or works as one’s own.
  • Cheating is the act, or attempted act, of giving or obtaining aid and/or information by illicit means in meeting any academic requirement, including examinations.

Cases of academic dishonesty will result in at least a failing grade on the assignment and may also result in a failing grade in the course. Cases will also be reported to appropriate university officials.


If you have a disability and will require academic accommodations in this course, I would be happy to discuss your needs. Accommodations are coordinated through Student Disability Services (first floor Old Main). Please contact Michelle Laughlin, Director of Student Disability Service, at 271-1835 or


This syllabus is subject to change. Changes will be communicated via at least one of the course website, email, or in class.

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