The instructor is Dr. Jason Grout, Howard 203A, (515) 271-3113, The best way to contact me is in class or via email.

Office hours are MWF at 10:50-12:20 and W at 3:30-4. If you would like to see me and those 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.


Our primary textbook is the free open-source book Combinatorics Through Guided Discovery by Ken Bogart. The book also has a website. The bookstore has some printed versions of the book in loose-leaf, 3-hole punched packets. Feel free to use the online version if you like, though. You will need to have access to the book each day in class.

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 6-9 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.


There will be a midterm examination and a comprehensive final examination at the end of the course. There may be other short quizzes as the need arises.

According to Drake's Final Exam Schedule, our final exam period is Thursday, May 16, 9:30–11:20am.


The grades will be determined as follows:

Component Percentage
Classwork/problem presentations 30%
Written or Online Assignments 40%
Exams/Quizzes 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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