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
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Date 
Topic 
Khan Academy 
Worksheets and Old Assignments from previous iteration of
this class. 
Homework (To be turned In) 
Supplemental
Material and Notes. 
1 
Fri 9/7 
Solving Equations 




2 
Fri 9/14 
Solving Equations (Part 2) 


3 
Fri 9/21 
Fractions 
I am discontinuing the worksheets for the
time being. Everything will be in the homework
handouts (PDFs). 

4 
Fri 9/28 
Percents and Rational Expressions 


5 
Fri 10/5 
Intro to Quadratics 

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. 

6 
Fri 10/12 
Quiz 1 See Sample Quiz. Compound Interest 
(with answers) Refresh your browsers! 

7 
Fri 10/19 
S.I.R Model 

No Homework for Class 7 
No Homework for Class 7 

8 
Fri 10/26 
Linear Equations 1 

9 
Fri 11/2 
Linear Equations 2 

10 
Fri 11/9 
Linear and Quadratic Equations 
See Homework 9 
See Homework 9 Solutions above GeoGebra useful graphing
program (free) 

11 
Fri 11/16 
Quadratic Equations 
Homework 10 Solutions Coming Soon 


Fri 11/23 
Thanksgiving
Break 



Study this Sample Quiz. The real quiz will
be very very similar to this one. 
12 
Fri 11/30 
Quiz on Linear and Quadratic Equations 
Homework 11 [conversions] 
See Sample Quiz 2 (above). 

13 
Fri 12/7 
Conversions and Trigonometry 
Homework 12 


14 
Fri 12/14 
Exponents Music Art 


Homework 13 

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)