MAT 316, Foundations of Analysis, MWF 1:00-1:50 pm, Noyce 2245


Professor: Jeff Blanchard, Noyce 2516, 269-3304, blanchaj (at)

Text: Understanding Analysis by Abbott. It is important and expected that you read the text, especially the examples.

Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 10:00-11:30
Tuesday, Thursday: By appointment from 2:30-3:30
By appointment; please email me to set up a time. See my weekly schedule.

Learning Goals:

Foundations of Analysis is the first course in the analysis sequence. The learning goals for this course are:


This class will meet approximately three hours per week. To accomplish the course learning goals students should expect to spend at least nine additional hours per week completing assignments and studying course material.


There will be weekly, written homework posted on Pioneerweb. A subset of problems will be graded. Late homework will be penalized on a graduated scale.

In addition to the graded homework, students should read the textbook associated with the class schedule. The reading should be completed prior to the associated class period.

Midterm Exams:

There will be three in-class, midterm exams tentatively scheduled for: These midterm exams will test the material covered since the previous exam.

Final Exam:

The final exam is scheduled for The final exam will be comprehensive. Do not make arrangements to leave campus prior to the final exam. (Such situations will result in the loss of a letter grade on the final exam.)
Course Grade:
Homework: 18%
Midterm Exams: 54% (18% each)
Final Exam: 28%

Academic Honesty:

All students must be aware of and comply with the Grinnell College Academic Honesty policy.

In this course students may collaborate on homework assignments provided they submit their own work and identify their collaborators. It is acceptable to collaborate with any student currently enrolled in MAT 316. Students are encouraged to generate discussions on our course discussion board. Any resource (other textbooks or online) must be cited.

It is expressly forbidden to look for solutions online, in textbooks, or from other students.
It is also an academic honesty violation to solicit assistance from any online other forum.

All midterm exams and the final exam are closed notes, closed book, and the student may not consult any resource not provided with the exam or explicity permitted in the written instructions on the exam.


Absences permitted by the college (athletics, performance, religious observation, etc.) must be coordinated prior to the class period in order to make arrangements for the missed homework or exams. This coordination must be done in person prior to the absence. Missing more than four classes may result in a reduction of the final grade.


If you are in need of specific learning accommodations, please let me know early in the semester so that your learning needs may be appropriately met. If you have not already done so, you will need to provide documentation to and discuss your needs with the Coordinator for Student Disability Resources, John Hirschman (hirschma), located on the 3rd floor of the Rosenfield Center (x3089).

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