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Thursday, 11/16/17 -- Problem Set III handed out in class today:

See the Problem sets page for an extra copy.  Problem set is formally due at your discussion group on Friday December 1.  However, any student may receive a no-penalty extension until the lecture on Thursday, 12/7.

Wednesday, 11/15/17 -- Grade check service updated:

The online service to look up your grades has been updated to include the second problem set, the second midterm, and all quizzes to date.  This service can be accessed on the Grade check page. 

Remember to enter your student ID number--including any leading zeroes--and the password that you previously submitted.  This should be sufficient if you are accessing the web site from a computer on the university network.

Remember also that if you are accessing this service from off campus, you will first need to connect to the university via a VPN (virtual private network) connection before going to the Grade check page.  If you do not already have a VPN set up, go to https://www.it.iastate.edu/howtos/vpn for instructions.  This is a free connection for ISU students.

Tuesday, 11/14/17 -- Weekly assignment for this week:

For this week's assignment, identify four of the multiple choice questions you got wrong on the second midterm and write up a paragraph explaining why the correct answer was right and your answer was not.  Written versions of the assignment are due in class on Thursday.  In the alternative, you may present your work orally at your discussion group on Friday.  (If you got fewer than four wrong, good for you!)

Tuesday, 11/14/17 -- Midterm II handed back in class today:

See the Midterms page for links to the answer keys and the letter grade correspondence.  The letter grade correspondence is advisory only.  The course grade will be calculated from the numerical score on the midterm and not the letter grade associated.

Tuesday, 11/7/17 -- Copies of Chapter 9 available at ISU Bookstore:

I have been notified this morning that the ISU Bookstore has received printed copies of Chapter 9 from our textbook.  Any student whose book was missing that chapter can pick up a copy from the service desk in the textbook department.

Friday, 11/3/17 -- Review session for second midterm scheduled:

The review session will be held Tuesday night, 11/7, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. in Gilman 1352.  Attendance is optional, not required.

Friday, 11/3/17 -- Printed copies of Chapter 9 to be provided:

I have received word today that printed copies of Chapter 9 will be provided for free to all students who purchased the defective loose leaf version of the textbook.  These copies should be arriving from the publisher at the ISU Bookstore by Tuesday, 11/7. Check back on this page next week for updated information.

In the interim, the .pdf copy remains available on the Handouts page.

Friday, 11/3/17 -- Problem Set II answer key posted:

See the Problem sets page.  Problem sets will be handed back in discussion groups today and at lecture next Tuesday.

Tuesday, 10/31/17 -- Second midterm exam date announced:

The second midterm exam will be given Thursday, 11/9/17.  The exam will be given at the usual class hour and in the usual lecture hall, except for those students who have previously filed SAAR forms for alternative arrangements.  See the Midterms page for more information on what you must bring to the exam room--and what you may not bring.  Two sample midterm exams, with answers, are also posted there.

Tuesday, 10/31/17 -- Problem Set II to be handed back in discussion groups this week:

There will be no weekly assignment this week, but the discussion groups will meet.  Problem Set II, which is due this week on Thursday, will be handed back and gone over on Friday to prepare for the midterm exam next week.

Thursday, 10/26/17 -- Problem Set II handed out in class today:

See the Problem sets page for an extra copy.  Problem set is due at lecture on Thursday, 11/2.

Wednesday, 10/25/17 -- Solution for missing Chapter 9:

As a temporary solution, the publisher of the Hall & Lieberman text has provided a .pdf copy of Chapter 9.  This has been posted on the Handouts page.  I am pursuing a more permanent solution, namely that the publisher should replace the defective textbook copies with complete copies.  I will post further developments here.

For those students who received defective copies of the textbook, we will accept this week's problem assignment as late as next Tuesday, 10/31, for full credit.

4:30 p.m., Tuesday, 10/24/17 -- Textbooks missing Chapter 9:

I have just learned that some of the copies of the text sold by the ISU Bookstore may be defective and do not have Chapter 9.  We are checking with the publisher's representative for an explanation and a solution.  If you are affected, please check back here often.  We will post a solution as soon as one becomes available.

In the meantime, if your text copy lacks Chapter 9, please consult the e-book version if you have such access.  If not, please see about borrowing a good copy or an e-book access from a classmate or try checking a copy out from the ISU Library. 

We regret any inconvenience and are working hard for a rapid solution.

Tuesday, 10/24/17 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 9:  #4, 8, 9

Tuesday, 10/17/17 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 7:  #2-4, 8, 10

Friday, 10/13/17 -- Grade check service initiated:

For those who signed up at the first midterm for online access to their grades, this service can now be accessed on the Grade check page.  You will need to enter your student ID number (including any leading zeroes) and the password that you submitted on the exam.  This should be sufficient if you are accessing the web site from a computer on the university network.

If you are accessing this service from off campus, you will first need to connect to the university via a VPN (virtual private network) connection before going to the Grade check page.  If you do not already have a VPN set up, go to https://www.it.iastate.edu/howtos/vpn for instructions.  This is a free connection for ISU students.

Please note that if you did not submit a password in the required format--8 characters with both letters and numbers but no punctuation or other special characters--then your access has not been authorized. You must see your TA in person to get your grades and/or to submit a correct password.  If you did not sign up at the midterm but would now like to do so, your must sign and submit a copy of the waiver contained on the front cover of your midterm exam booklet.  Note that newly requested access will not be activated until after the second midterm.

Tuesday, 10/10/17 -- Midterm test grades:

Your TA should have entered the numerical score on your midterm exam on the "SCORE" line in the upper right corner of the test booklet, just under your name and ID information.  I understand that that did not happen in some cases.  If so in your case, you will need to make an appointment to see your TA to learn your score.  Scores cannot be given out over the phone or by email or text message.

In grading the exam, each multiple choice question was worth three points.  In the problem section, each line, curve, and answer blank was worth two points.  You got one point for each of the income effect words that you properly circled and one point for each that you did not circle if it was not proper to do so.  The total that could be earned for the problem was 24 points.  You all got one point added for free.

For those who signed up for the optional online "Grade check" service, this feature will be activated in the next day or so.

Tuesday, 10/10/17 -- Discussion groups/weekly assignment this week:

Your weekly assignment this week is to find four multiple choice questions from the midterm exam that you got wrong and explain for each why your answer was incorrect and why the right answer was correct.  As usual, you must either submit your assignment in writing on Thursday or attend your discussion group on Friday prepared to discuss your work.  (If you got fewer than four multiple choice questions wrong, good for you!)  There are no problems assigned from the textbook this week. 

Tuesday, 10/10/17 -- Midterm I handed back in class today:

See the Midterms page for links to the answer keys and the letter grade correspondence.  The letter grade correspondence is advisory only.  The course grade will be calculated from the numerical score on the midterm and not the letter grade associated.  Midterm grade reports, however, will be based on the letter grade associated with the midterm and will be submitted later this week.

For those who signed up for the online "Grade check" service, this feature will be activated in a few days.

Friday, 9/29/17 -- Problem Set I answer key posted:

See the Problem sets page.  Problem sets will be handed back in discussion groups today and at lecture next Tuesday.

Thursday, 9/28/17 -- Review session for first midterm scheduled:

The review session will be held Tuesday night, 10/3, from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m. in CARVER 101 (not Coover).  Attendance is optional, not required.

Tuesday, 9/26/17 -- Problem Set I to be handed back in discussion groups this week:

There will be no weekly assignment this week, but the discussion groups will meet.  Graded problem sets will be handed back and gone over to prepare for the midterm exam.

Tuesday, 9/19/17 -- First midterm exam date announced:

The first midterm exam will be given Thursday, 10/5/17.  The exam will be given at the usual class hour and in the usual lecture hall, except for those students who have previously filed SAAR forms for alternative arrangements.  See the Midterms page for more information on what you must bring to the exam room--and what you may not bring.  Two sample midterm exams, with answers, are also posted there.

Tuesday, 9/19/17 -- Problem Set I handed out in class today:

See the Problem sets page for an extra copy.  Problem set is due at lecture on Thursday, 9/28.

Tuesday, 9/19/17 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 6:  #1-3, 13, 14

For this week only, written assignments will be accepted either this Thursday, 9/21, or the following Tuesday, 9/26.  As always, instead of doing the assignment in writing, you may complete the weekly assignment by preparing for and attending your Friday discussion group.

Tuesday, 9/12/17 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 4: #1,4;  Chapter 5:  #1, 5, 9, 10

Tuesday, 9/5/17 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 3: #2, 5, 8, 12, 15

Thursday, 8/31/17 -- Correction to email address:

Mr. Signh's email has been corrected on the Course personnel page and on the syllabus on the Handouts page. His address on the copies of the syllabus handed out the first day should be updated.

Thursday, 8/31/17 -- Discussion group changes:

A few changes in discussion groups have been made for students with direct time conflicts with other classes.  Those changes are now reflected on the Discussion groups & TAs page.  If you had a course conflict and requested a change, please check the page for your new group.  You should also be receiving a confirming email shortly from the TA in whose group you are now assigned.

Other than direct conflicts with other courses, no further discussion group changes will be authorized.  If you exercise the option to complete your weekly assignment by attending a Friday discussion group, you must attend the group to which you have been assigned in order to get credit for that week's assignment.

Tuesday, 8/29/17 -- This week's problem assignment:

The problem assignment for each week comes from the Problem Set sections at the ends of the textbook chapters.  As explained in the syllabus, you are required to write up the problems assigned each week and turn them in at the Thursday lecture.  However, as an equal alternative, you may prepare your answers and present them orally at your Friday discussion group.  You must do one or the other each week.  You need not choose the same alternative every week.

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 1: #4, 5
Chapter 2: #1, 2, 8

Monday, 8/28/17 -- TA and discussion group assignments posted:

See the Discussion groups & TAs page to learn your TA's name and the discussion group to which you have been assigned.  Every student is responsible at all times for knowing his or her TA's name and the time and location of his or her assigned discussion group.

Monday, 8/28/17 -- Economic conditions slides available:

See the Handouts page.  Slides to be used in Tuesday's lecture.

Friday, 8/25/17 -- Supplemental instruction (SI) information:

A program of supplemental instruction (SI) in Econ 101 is offered through the Academic Success Center.  The weekly sessions may be of use to some students.  They are voluntary and free of charge.  However, unlike the discussion groups offered with this section of Econ 101, the SI sessions offered are not necessarily keyed to the sequencing or priorities of the lectures in this section of Econ 101.  For further information, see https://apps-dso.sws.iastate.edu/si/course.php?id=1168.

Friday, 8/25/17 -- Textbook e-book and Aplia information:

The publisher's representative, Mr. Ian Thatcher, has informed us that those students who purchased the textbook in e-book form and those who purchased an Aplia license may activate these services by visiting the publisher's web site at http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/QTNW-AWM2-CRT3.  If you have difficulties, please contact Mr. Thatcher directly at ian.thatcher@cengage.com.

Please note that this course does not use Aplia.  Students who purchased a license are welcome to use this service if it assists their learning.  However, the course personnel for this course cannot provide support for this service in any fashion.  The textbook package that includes an Aplia license was ordered for the sole reason that according to the ISU Bookstore it was the cheapest way for students to get a copy of the text. 

This section of this course also did not order the e-book version of the text.  However, if you can access the text in this form, including at your Friday discussion group room, that should work.  Students will be expected to bring their textbooks in one form or another to Friday groups.

If you can acquire a used version of the text that is complete, that will work just fine.

Friday, 8/25/17 -- TA office hours posted:

See the Course personnel page.

Tuesday, 8/22/17 -- Course web site started:

Welcome to Econ 101, Section 7!  Check this site often to keep up with course announcements and get access to useful learning aids.  For example, check out the sample practice midterm and final exams, complete with answer keys.  Copies of course handouts will be posted here when available, including copies of problem sets and weekly assignments.  Answer keys will also be posted here after problem sets and exams are returned.  And, don't hesitate to contact your TA or Professor Quirmbach using the contact information on the site.

We hope this semester is a great success for you!