The instructor is Dr. Jason Grout, 492 Carver, (515) 294-8170, Office hours are:

  • Monday, 9–11 AM
  • Thursday, 9–11 AM
  • Thursday, 12 noon – 1PM If you cannot come during an office hour, please make an appointment. One of the most frustrating things as a teacher is to see a student struggling, but not coming in to ask questions or get help.

The course website is accessible from

Class announcements and changes to the syllabus will be noted on the website.

Departmental Information

See the following departmental pages for more information about the goals of the course:


Class Participation

Periodically, students will present homework solutions to the class. Your presentations will be graded both on correctness and clarity.


Specific homework instructions will detailed on the course website. These instructions may change throughout the semester.

As a general guide, your written work should contain enough explanation so that one of your classmates would be able to easily understand what you have done. Generally, it is inadequate to merely write down a final answer to a problem. You are encouraged to study and work together on homework assignments, but you must submit your own assignment. Everything you turn in should be in your own words and you should thoroughly understand everything you write down.

Because a large part of your learning will come from working problems, I strongly encourage you to finish all homework assignments.


Quizzes will be given periodically in class. Only correct solutions will receive credit. An incorrect solution may be redone for partial credit. When redoing a problem:

  • You have two weeks from the time the quiz is given to submit corrections for the quiz.
  • Use a clean sheet of paper with your original quiz stapled behind your correction. Label each problem. Do not change anything on your original quiz. If you lose your original quiz, print out another one from the website and do all of the problems.
  • Before reworking a problem, describe in paragraph form the errors you made and what you will do to ensure that you don't make that kind of error again.
  • When doing corrections, you may use outside resources. However, remember that you are responsible for the material and that you cheat yourself and others if you do not understand the quiz correction.
Midterm and Final Exams

There will be a ninety-minute department-wide midterm exam and a two-hour department-wide final exam. The midterm will be given in the evening of Thursday, 4 Oct 2007. The midterm will cover chapters 5 and 7 in the text.


Your course grade will be determined from (percentages subject to adjustment):

Component Percentage
Class Participation 10%
Homework and Quizzes 60%
Exams 30%
University Policies

Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the instructor early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. You will need to provide documentation of your disability to the Disability Resources (DR) office, located on the main floor of the Student Services Building, Room 1076, 515-294-6624.

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