The instructor is Dr. Jason Grout, 492 Carver, (515) 294-8170, For the first few weeks, office hours will be by appointment. After that time, office hours will be set based on the times that people have come in.

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

Departmental Information

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


We will be covering chapters 11–14 in the book.


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.

Late homework is generally not accepted. Instead, several sections will be dropped at the end of the semester from the homework calculation.


Quizzes will be given periodically in class. Each quiz will have two scores: an original score and a corrected score. Only correct solutions will receive credit. The corrected score defaults to the original score and can be raised to 100% by correcting the problems as outlined below.

  • 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 midterm exam before spring break covering chapters 11 and 12. A department-wide final exam will be given at the end of the semester and will be cumulative.


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

Component Percentage
Homework and other assignments 30%
Original Quiz Scores 10%
Corrected Quiz Scores 20%
Exams 40%
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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