Economics 110: Introduction to Economic Theory

Professor Christiaan Hogendorn

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Course Policies

Time and Place: PAC 002, TTh 2:50-4:10
Office Hours: M T 1:20-2:20 and W Th 10:40-11:40

If door is open, I may be available, please knock. I also encourage appointments: talk to me before or after class or e-mail.
E-mail: chogendorn
Course Assistants: Emma Zou (yzou) and Ruby Lu (ylu02)
Clinic Monday 7:30-8:45
Books: Timothy Taylor, The Instant Economist, Penguin, 2012.
Melanie Fox \& Eric Dodge, Economics DeMYSTiFieD, McGraw-Hill, 2012.
Problem Sets: There will be 10 problem sets. Problem sets are due in class. You may work with other students on problem sets, and you may turn in one set with multiple names on it.

The questions on the exams will be similar to the problem sets. You may also find the problems in the book are helpful review.
Exams: There will be two midterms and a final exam.
Grading: 25% First midterm
25% Second midterm
30% Final exam
10% Adjustment for problem sets
10% Adjustment for class participation

Each problem set will receive a grade of 0, check minus, check, or check plus. Your lowest problem set will be dropped. Late problem sets will not be accepted.

Each question on each exam will receive a grade of 0, 1, 2 (the "hurdle" level of understanding), 3, 4 (minor errors), or 5. Take your total score and divide by the number of questions to get your score on the 5-point scale. The letter grade equivalents are 4.5=A, 4.0=A-, 3.7=B+, 3.3=B, 3.0=B-, 2.7=C+, 2.3=C, 2.0=C-, 1.7=D+, 1.3=D, 1.0=D-, below 1=F.

If your grade on the final exam is higher than the lower of your two midterm grades, then your lower midterm will be dropped and your final will count for 55% of your grade. Because of this, you may not reschedule the midterms. To make the grading fair to all, it is also important to avoid rescheduling the final exam, so this will be possible only in serious emergencies.
Attendance: Please attend classes regularly (your attendance is an important component of "class participation"). If you know in advance that you will be late or have to leave early, please let me know. Please avoid coming in late so as not to disturb the rest of the class.
Accessibility Services: Wesleyan University is committed to ensuring that all qualified students with disabilities are afforded an equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from its programs and services. To receive accommodations, a student must have a documented disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, and provide documentation of the disability. Since accommodations may require early planning and generally are not provided retroactively, please contact Accessibility Services as soon as possible. If you believe that you need accommodations for a disability, please contact Dean Patey in Accessibility Services (, located in North College, Room 021, or call 860/685-5581 for an appointment to discuss your needs and the process for requesting accommodations.