BLC150 – Algebra Workshop






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Any edition of

Elementary Algebra (Shaum's Outlines)


by Rich and Schmidt


Professor: Daniel Newsome

      Office: The Learning Commons, Stone Row basement

      Office Hours:

          Wednesday 3–5 pm in the Learning Commons

          Friday 10:00–11:45 am in the Learning Commons

          ...or by appointment.




Class schedule: Friday 11:50am–1:10pm in RCK 111


Calculator: Any basic scientific calculator.  No need for a graphing calculator.

Textbook: Schaum's Outline of Elementary Algebra by Rich and Schmidt.  (Any edition will do.)  This is optional.  I won't refer to this text directly, but it is a nice thing to have handy as a reference or for more problems with solutions.  [Schaum's Basic Mathematics is another option.]


Math Study Room: Heg 308, Sunday-Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm.


Jazlyn Johnson: Dedicated BLC150 Tutor.

     Office Hours:

         Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm -Kappa House

          Wednesdays 7:00-10:00 pm -Math Study Room- Heg 308



I'm revising all of the worksheets and homework as I go, so always...

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Last Update:  12/6/18 4:35 PM




Khan Academy


and Old Assignments

from previous iteration of this class.


(To be turned In)



Supplemental Material

and Notes.


Fri 9/7

Solving Equations


Worksheet 1



-Homework 1


-A Symbol of Equality



A Few Algebraic Basics


Fri 9/14

Solving Equations (Part 2)


Worksheet 2

Homework 2




Extra Credit Answer



Fri 9/21



Worksheet 3

Homework 3

I am discontinuing the worksheets for the time being.   Everything will be in the homework handouts (PDFs).


Homework 3 Solutions


Fri 9/28

Percents and

Rational Expressions


Worksheet 4

Homework 4


Homework 4 Solutions


Fri 10/5

Intro to Quadratics


Homework 5


Homework 5 Solutions

Please be aware that I occasionally make mistakes on the solutions. [I know. Crazy. Right?] Please contact me if you find any.  I will want to correct them asap.



Fri 10/12

Quiz 1

See Sample Quiz.

Compound Interest


Worksheet 5

Homework 5

Homework 6


6-Sample Quiz

(with answers)


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Fri 10/19

S.I.R Model


Worksheet 6

Practice Midterm (and Solutions)

No Homework for Class 7


No Homework for Class 7


Fri 10/26

Linear Equations 1

Homework 8

Homework 8 Solutions


Fri 11/2

Linear Equations 2


Worksheet 7

Homework 6

Homework 9

Homework 9 Solutions


Fri 11/9

Linear and Quadratic Equations


Worksheet 8

Homework 7

See Homework 9


See Homework 9 Solutions above


GeoGebra- useful graphing program (free)


Fri 11/16

Quadratic Equations


Homework 8

Worksheet 9

Homework 10

Homework 10 Solutions


Fri 11/23

Thanksgiving Break



Sample Quiz 2

Study this Sample Quiz. 

The real quiz will be very very similar to this one.


Fri 11/30

Quiz on Linear and Quadratic Equations

Homework 9

Worksheet 10

See Sample Quiz 2 (above).


Fri 12/7

Quiz pt. 2 and


Worksheet 11

Homework 11



Fri 12/14





Practice Final (and Solutions)



Fri 12/21








Course Description and Resources


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 (see above) or email me to arrange a meeting.  I'm here to help. 


Also use the Math Study Room, which has qualified math tutors available for walk-in 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, Sunday-Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm.

We also have a dedicated tutor, Jazlyn Johnson.  Her office hours are listed above.  Please use these resources.  They are free and are very helpful.


Your grade will be determined by the following:


20% Participation/Attendance: Come to class, do the work. Treat this like a job. Email me if you will miss class.

30% Homework: Every week we will have homework.  Neatness matters.

25% Midterm Exam: In-class exam on the material to that point. Practice exam will be available.

25% Final Exam: In-class exam on all of the material. Practice exam will be available.



This is a Pass/Fail/D course.  Passing requires 70% or better.


ADA Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination 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 ( to determine if you may be eligible.



Final: The final exam will be in class on Friday December 14 or 21. Here are links to the practice problems and solutions from the exam from last term:

Practice Problems for Final (and Solutions)