BLC150: The Algebra Workshop
Spring 2020 Now Remote
Professor: Daniel Newsome
Office: In the Aether] Email: bardmath@mifami.org Parent Webpage: http://www.mifami.org/index.html 
Office Hours: Mondays and
Fridays from 3:004:00:
Coming Soon: Virtual Office Hours
Class
schedule: Friday, 1:003:00 pm, Heg 102 
Calculator: Any
basic scientific calculator. IOS/Android
calculators will work.
Syllabus
I'm
revising all of the worksheets and homework as I go, so always...
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Last UpDated: 4/24/20 4:01
PM
All
Homework and "Additional Materials" are listed on this table when
they are due, not when I assign them.
PreVirus Assignments moved to
another page: PreVirusBLC150Sp2020 [I did this to clean up this
page.] 


Class # Due Date 
Assignment 
Additional Materials 

vi3/6 
Quiz Today 

vii3/13 
Cancelled due to Viral Issue 

viii3/20 
Class 7: First fully Remote Class Do the following in the order shown. 1Watch this: SIR Video [14'] 2Read this: Modeling with SIR 3Watch this: GoogleSheet Tutorialpts13 [video49'] The homework for April 3 (HW8) is posted below, in the April 3 assignment box.

Addendum: ClickDragCopy Video [very short] 


Spring
Break 
We have set up
virtual tutoring here: Contact Olive
at: blc@bard.edu to set up an appointment. 

4/3 
HW8: Due 4/3. Make SI model and play with SIR models: Follow these instructions: HW8 PDF This is a PDF Form, so you should be able to type numbers directly into the table on page 1. Anybody's guess if this will work for you. If you have a problem, just print it out and write on it. I'll post the
answers to this later. Class 8: This is the "lecture" part of the class. It includes a mixture of video and reading. This will be posted on or before 4/3. 
Optional materials: NYTimesInteresting Graphics Virus on the Move This is another approach to modeling the infection. MandavilliNYTCan You Become Immune to the Coronavirus?  Finally, some news on immunity for the Recovered population. 

ix4/10 
Class 9: Average vs. Median and Statistics Introduction Read and do: HW9 [You may want to "read and do" along with the audio/visual materials linked below. Listen to: StochasticityRadioLab Watch: Video Tutorial: Making AverageMedian Calculator in a SpreadSheet 
Optional Materials: Nothing so far. 

x4/17 
HW10: Probability Class 10  Final Class 


Due
May 1st 
Final Exam: BLC150Final [PDF] Download this file... then... Just highlight each of your answers and send it back to me. Please retitle the pdf with your last name: E.g. NewsomeBLC150Final.pdf. Send it back to me at: bardmath@mifami.org ...and you'll be done! YEAH! 
This goes over most of the problems on
the Final Exam. 

Math
Study Room  Now Online (sort of)
Contact Olive at:
blc@bard.edu to set up an appointment
Sunday 
Monday 
Tuesday 
Wednesday 
Julia
Sheffler 
Jiangli
Liu 
Yuexin
Ma, (Echo) 
Riti
Bahl 
Riti
Bahl temporarily 
Felicia
Flores 
Yiyang
Zhou 
t.b.a. 
The
Math Study Room is a place where you can casually do your homework and
have
other students with math backgrounds help you when you need it.
It
is a great place to get the help you need without the pressure of a professor.
Useful
Graphing Calculator: GeoGebra. [Geogebra Classic 5 can be
downloaded and used offline. Scroll down
to download to a computer.] You can also
use Geogebra 6 online or as an app on a phone.
Another
popular graphing app is desmos.
There is no offline version that I am aware of.
Derivation of Newton's Law of Cooling using the
calculus.
How I Feel about Logarithms  Short video/animation
John Oliver on Compound Interest and Fees
Podcasts
and other resources that might be of interest:
Course Description and Policies To be updated for Virtual Class
BLC150 reviews the basic algebra used in math, science, and social science courses. It is designed to tune up a student's algebraic skills in preparation for introductory math, science, economics, or statistics courses. Topics include conversions, linear equations, graphs, quadratic equations, fractions, rational expressions, and exponents.
This course does not fulfill the MC (math and computing) distributional requirement. Taking this course qualifies a student to take courses that require "passing part 1 of the Math Placement Diagnostic."
Please use my office hours or email me to arrange a meeting. I'm here to help. [bardmath@mifami.org]
Also use the Math Study Room, which has qualified math tutors available for walkin service. Feel free to do your math homework in the Math Study Room so that you can have instant access to math help.
Your grade will be determined by the following:
1/3 Attendance, Punctuality, Attention, Preparedness, and Participation: Treat this like a job. Email me if you will miss class.
1/3 Weekly Homework: Completeness, Correctness, and Timeliness. All homework must be handed in on time and on paper. Please don't submit homework in email attachments or similar unless otherwise directed to do so.
1/3 Quizzes and Exams: There will be at least 2 exams and quizes whenever the spirit moves me. Practice exams will be provided.
This is a Pass/Fail course. Passing requires 70% or better. Your midterm Criteria Sheet will indicate a letter grade so that will know where you stand, but your final grade will be pass/fail.
ADA
Statement
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal antidiscrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact Amy Shein (ashein@bard.edu) to determine if you may be eligible.
Homework Guidelines
To
liberally paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, Homework,
like fish, begins to smell after 3 days.
If you are late with a homework assignment, it very quickly begins to
rot. I don't want to read it if it is
more than one class session late. If it is one class session late, it
will be graded as if it were a rotten fish.
I might not even read it. You
might get some credit, but since it stinks, I might just throw it out. There is a paperwork bin right outside my
office mounted to the wall where you can leave papers and where I can leave
graded assignments and other handouts.
I
will not accept electronically submitted homework unless it is asked for. Everything needs to be on paper unless
otherwise requested.