Detail from alKhwarizmi's Book of restoring and balancing (ca. 820 AD)
showing a geometric solution to a quadratic
equation.
Bodleian
MS. Huntington 214, roll 332, frame 36
Algebra, from the Arabic word alJabr
appearing in the title of
Kitab alJabr walMuqabala [The
book of restoring and balancing]
Professor: Daniel Newsome Email: dnewsome@bard.edu Website: http://www.mifami.org [Links to all of my classes] Office:
The Learning Commons, Stone Row basement [map]
Office Hours:
Tuesday, 10:0010:30
and 4:005:00
Thursday 10:00–10:30
...or by appointment. BLC150 Class Schedule: Fridays from
1:302:50, Olin 310 Calculator: Any basic scientific
calculator. An iPhone calculator
will work. Recommended
software: GeoGebra [Free–available for all
standard platforms] Math
Study Room: Heg 308, SundayThursday, 7:0010:00 pm. This is a peertutor study room and is a
casual place to get mathematical help.
Use it. It's free. 
Syllabus
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as I go, so always...
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All Homework and "Other Materials"
are listed on this table when they are due, not when they are assigned.
Class Number 
Due Date 
Class Topic 
Homework 
Other Materials 
1 
2/1 
Prime numbers, factorization, and simple
fractions 
n.a. 

2 
2/8 
Conversions, divisions, more fractions 
HW2due 2/8 

3 
2/15 
Negative numbers and order of operations 
HW3due
2/15 

4 
2/22 
Per100, fractions, tipping, and interest 
HW4due
2/22 

5 
3/1 
Compound interest 
HW5due
2/29 

6 
3/8 
1^{st} Quiz 
HW6Sample
Quiz 

7 
3/15 

Quiz 

Break 
3/22 
Equinoctial Break 


8 
3/29 
Linear Equations and SIR 


9 
4/5 
Linear Equations and Magic Squares 


10 
4/12 
Linear Equations and Density 


11 
4/19 
Simple Probability and Statistics 


12 
4/26 
Quadratics 

13 
5/3 
Excel: ApplicationsConstructions 
HW13 

14 
5/10 
More Quadratics and Factoring 
HW14
with answers 

15 
5/17 
Final Exam 
HW15
Practice Final Quiz with answers 

Podcasts that might be of
interest:
RadioLabFor
the Love of Numbers
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Students Lacking in Object Permanence Skills
Course Description and Policies
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 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. [dnewsome@bard.edu]
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. It is in Heg 308, SundayWednesday, 7:0010:00 pm.
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. No esubmissions. [See below for details.]
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/D 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 handouts.
I will not accept electronically submitted
homework. Everything needs to be on
paper.