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

Office hours are

  • MWF 9-9:50, Howard 235 (my office)
  • MW 12:20-1:10, 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.


We will cover most of chapters 10–15 in the textbook. Any ONE of the following books will be okay (note that you only need one of the following):

  1. Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions by Ron Larson and Bruce H. Edwards. Published by Brooks Cole; 5th edition. (ISBN 10: 0538735503)
  2. Calculus: Early Transcendental Functions by Ron Larson, Robert P. Hostetler, and Bruce H. Edwards. Published by Brooks Cole; 4th edition. (ISBN 10: 0618606246)

The only difference between the 4th and 5th editions are updated exercises. We are mainly using an online homework system which does not depend on a book, so these changes are mostly irrelevant for our class.

The “official” class textbook is the 5th edition (option 1). However, I would suggest getting the 4th edition (option 2), since you can find it for less than 50 dollars on Amazon.

I find that the prices on or similar places are much cheaper than the university bookstore. Another option is to rent an electronic version (you can either rent the entire book or just specific chapters)

Please note that you do not need the online homework system that comes packaged with some versions of the book.

Also, any standard scientific calculator will do for the course, though you might appreciate using a graphing calculator if you already have one. I will also be showing you how to use free online computer software to help with calculations.

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.

Late Assignments

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


We are planning on two midterms in the course and a comprehensive final. Each of the examinations is designed to test the limits of your understanding, so prepare well.


Component Percentage
Online Homework and other class work 15%
Lesson Plans 5%
Midterms 50%
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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