BLC150: The Algebra Workshop

 

Description: Pax HD:Users:danielnewsome:Desktop:Download:Page_from_alKhawarizmi-Algebra.jpg

Detail from al-Khwarizmi'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 al-Jabr appearing in the title of

Kitab al-Jabr wa-l-Muqabala [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, 10:00-10:30  and  4:00-5:00

                -Thursday 10:00–10:30

                                                     ...or by appointment.

     

BLC150 Class Schedule: Fridays from 1:30-2:50, 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, Sunday-Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm. 

This is a peer-tutor study room and is a casual place to get mathematical help.  Use it.  It's free.

 

 

Syllabus

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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.

Class 1 Handout

2

2/8

Conversions, divisions, more fractions

HW-2-due 2/8

 

3

2/15

Negative numbers and order of operations

HW-3-due 2/15

 

4

2/22

Per-100, fractions, tipping, and interest

HW-4-due 2/22

 

5

3/1

Compound interest

HW-5-due 2/29

 

6

3/8

1st Quiz

HW-6-Sample Quiz

Sample Quiz-1 Solutions

7

3/15

 

Quiz

John Oliver on Compound interest and fees.

Break

3/22

Equinoctial Break

 

 

8

3/29

Linear Equations and SIR

HW-8 (and 9)

 

9

4/5

Linear Equations and Magic Squares

HW-8 (and 9)

 

10

4/12

Linear Equations and Density

HW-10

 

11

4/19

Simple Probability and Statistics

HW-11

 

12

4/26

Quadratics

HW-12

Geogebra

13

5/3

Excel: Applications-Constructions

HW-13

 

14

5/10

More Quadratics and Factoring

HW-14- with answers

 

15

5/17

Final Exam

HW-15- Practice Final Quiz- with answers

 

 


Podcasts that might be of interest:

 

IOT-Pythagoras

 

IOT-Pi-

 

IOT-Prime Numbers

 

RadioLab-Numbers

 

RadioLab-For the Love of Numbers

 

IOT-Indian Maths

 

IOT-Zero

 

U.S. 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 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-Wednesday, 7:00-10:00 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 e-submissions. [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 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 (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.