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Tuesday, 11/29/16 -- Problem Set III handed out in class:

See the Problem sets page for an extra copy.  Problem set is formally due at lecture on Friday, 12/2.  However, students may get an automatic extension until Thursday, 12/8.

Wednesday, 11/23/16 -- Financial literacy extra credit option started:

Students wishing to earn extra credit points may do so by completing an online course in financial literacy.  See the Financial literacy course page for details and instructions.  This extra credit oppotunity is entirely optional.  It can only benefit your grade.  There is no penalty for not participating.  You may begin immediately.  Work must be completed by 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, December 14.

Wednesday, 11/16/16 -- Grade check service updated:

Grade information has been updated through the second midterm exam.  See the Grade check page.  Please report any discrepancies to your TA immediately.

Tuesday, 11/15/16 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, your assignment is to pick five of the multiple choice questions from the second midterm that you got wrong and write up a short paragraph for each explaining why your answer was wrong and/or why the right answer was right.  See the Midterms page for links to the answer keys.  (If you got fewer than five wrong, good for you!  Your assignment is that much shorter.)

Tuesday, 11/15/16 -- Second midterm exam 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. 

The Grade check page will be updated in the next day or two with all grades through the second midterm for those who signed up for this service.

Wednesday, 11/9/16 -- Second midterm exam tomorrow:

The second midterm exam will be given Thursday, 11/10.  The exam will be given at the usual class hour and in the usual lecture hall.  Students who have previously filed SAAR forms for alternative arrangements should instead arrive at Prof. Quirmbach's office, Heady 81, at 9:00 a.m. sharp.  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.

Wednesday, 11/9/16 -- No discussion group meetings this week:

Beasuce of the second midterm exam.

Monday, 11/7/16 -- Power outage takes down this site:

On Monday evening, a construction-related power outage in Heady Hall took down the server that hosts this site.  Apologies to anyone whose access to this site was temporarily obstruced.

Sunday, 11/6/16 -- Income distribution report from 2013 posted:

An updated report has been added to the Handouts page. This will be discussed on Tuesday.

Friday, 11/4/16 -- Problem Set II answer key posted:

See the Problem sets page.  Problem set papers will be handed back in discussion groups today.

Tuesday, 10/25/16 -- Problem Set II handed out in class:

See the Problem sets page for an extra copy.  Problem set is due at lecture on Thursday, 11/3.

Tuesday, 10/25/16 -- Second midterm date set:

The second midterm exam will be given Thursday, 11/10.  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, 10/25/16 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 9: #4, 8, 9

Tuesday, 10/18/16 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 7: #2-4, 8, 10

As with every week, you must either write these problems up and hand them in at the Thursday lecture or attend your Friday discussion group prepared to discuss them.

Monday, 10/17/16 -- Grade check service initiated:

For those who signed up at the first midterm for online access to your grades, this service can now be accessed on the Grade check page.  You will need to enter your student ID number 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.

Tuesday, 10/11/16 -- Discussion groups/weekly assignment this week:

Discussion groups this week will go over the first midterm exam.  There are no problems assigned from the textbook this week.

Tuesday, 10/11/16 -- First midterm exam 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 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, 9/30/16 -- Problem Set I answer key posted:

See the Problem sets page.  Problem set papers will be handed back in discussion groups today.

Tuesday, 9/27/16 -- First midterm exam date announced:

The first midterm exam will be given Thursday, 10/6.  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, 9/27/16 -- Overheads on Giffen goods and income/substitution effects posted:

The overheads from today's lecture are on the Handouts page. 

Tuesday, 9/27/16 -- No weekly problems from the textbook this week:

But, remember that Problem Set I is due at lecture on Thursday, 9/29.

Tuesday, 9/20/16 -- Problem Set I handed out in class:

See the Problem sets page for an extra copy.  Problem set is due at lecture on Thursday, 9/29.

Tuesday, 9/20/16 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

Chapter 6: #1-3, 13, 14

Tuesday, 9/13/16 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

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

Tuesday, 9/6/16 -- This week's problem assignment:

For this week, the problems are:

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

As with every week, you must either write these problems up and hand them in at the Thursday lecture or attend your Friday discussion group prepared to discuss them. (Please note that just showing up on Friday is not good enough; you must have prepared the problems for discussion.)

Monday, 9/5/16 -- Change in reading assignment:

For Section II of the course outline, add pages 378-382 on the minimum wage to the reading assignment.

Friday, 9/2/16 -- Discussion group assignment updates:

The Discussion groups & TAs page has been updated to reflect a few changes necessitated to resolve class schedule conflicts for a few students.  All students affected should have received email communications from course staff.  Further changes will only be made to resolve new conflicts with other university courses.

Tuesday, 8/30/16 -- First 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

Tuesday, 8/30/16 -- Discussion groups assigned:

All students have been assigned to TAs and Friday discussion group times and locations.  See the Discussion groups & TAs page.  Please learn your TA's name and the time and room of your group.  You will be held responsible for this information starting immediately.

Wednesday, 8/24/16 -- Aplia access procedure and code:

For those who purchased the textbook package with the Aplia license--and for those who purchased an electronic version of the text and need to get on Aplia to access your text--the publisher's representative has provided the following information.  Please go online to the publisher's student registration web page and complete the registration procedure there if you are new to that web site or log in to your existing account if you already have one.

The Student Registration URL is http://login.cengagebrain.com/course/VDPP-PYN9-JTP4.
The Course Key is VDPP-PYN9-JTP4

If you have trouble or need guidance, there is a student registration and login video at https://www.cengage.com/services/resource/5979.

Please note that we will not make formal use of the Aplia materials, and you are not required to purchase an Aplia license if can get a copy of the text (e.g., a used copy) without one.  Students and faculty who have used Aplia have given it generally favorable reviews, so if you have a license and want to try it, by all means go ahead.  However, for those who don't have a license, be assured that there will be plenty of other opportunities for practice exercises provided as a normal part of the course.

Tuesday, 8/23/16 -- 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!