BLC150 – Algebra
Workshop
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. Email: dnewsome@bard.edu Webpage: http://www.mifami.org 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, SundayThursday, 7:0010:00 pm. Jazlyn Johnson: Dedicated BLC150 Tutor. Office Hours:
Tuesdays
6:008:00 pm Kappa House Wednesdays 7:0010:00 pm Math Study Room Heg 308 
Syllabus
(I'm revising all of the worksheets and homework as I go.)
Last Update: 9/17/18 4:20 PM

Date 
Topic 
Chapters 
Khan Academy 
Worksheets (Turned In) 
Homework (Turned In) 
Supplemental
Material (Not Turned In) 
1 
Fri 9/7 
Solving Equations 
Chapters 1, 3 



2 
Fri 9/14 
Solving Equations (Part 2) 
Chapters 1, 3, 5 


3 
Fri 9/21 
Fractions and Percents 
Chapter 2 
Post
Extra Credit Answer 

4 
Fri 9/28 
Rational Expressions 
Chapter 2 


5 
Fri 10/5 
? 


6 
Fri 10/12 
Quadratic Equations 
Chapters 4, 6 


7 
Fri 10/19 
Quadratic Equations (Part 2) 
Chapters 4, 6 



8 
Fri 10/26 
Midterm Exam 


9 
Fri 11/2 
Equations of Lines 
Chapter 7 


10 
Fri 11/9 
Trigonometry 


11 
Fri 11/16 
Exponents 
Chapters 1, 2 



Fri 11/23 
Thanksgiving
Break 





12 
Fri 11/30 
Exponents (Part 2) 
Chapters 1, 2 


13 
Fri 12/7 
Review or extras 



14 
Fri 12/14 
Review or Final Exam? 





15 
Fri 12/21 
Final Exam? 







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 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, SundayThursday, 7:0010:00 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: Inclass exam on the material to that point. Practice exam will be available.
25% Final Exam: Inclass 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 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.
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)