BLC190 –
Spring 2020
Algebra,
Trigonometry, and Functions
Professor: Daniel Newsome
Office: Learning Commons, Stone Row basement [map] Email: bardmath@mifami.org 
Office
Hours: Mondays and Fridays from
3:004:00
...or
by appointment. Parent Webpage: http://www.mifami.org Class
schedule: Wednesdays, 5:307:30 pm, Olin 201 
Calculator: Any basic scientific calculator.
IOS/Android calculators will work.
Syllabus
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homework as I go, so always...
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Last UpDated: 4/9/20
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All Homework
and "Additional Materials" are listed on this table when they are
due, not when I assign them.
Class # Due Date 
Assignment 
Additional Materials 
i1/29 
Introduction
Diagnostic,
Unit Conversions, and Excel Calculator 
None 
ii2/5 
Diagnostic, Conversions, Repeating Decimal, Simple
Excel Here
is the homework due for 2/5: HW2PDF 
Optional: RadioLabFor the Love of
Numbers 
iii2/12 
Triangle Puzzle and Exponents Homework
that's due 2/12: HW3PDF 

iv2/19 
Homework
due 2/19: HW4PDF 
How I Feel about Logarithms Short
video/animation 
v2/26 
Homework
due 2/26: HW5 
Derivation of Newton's Law of Cooling using
the calculus. John Oliver on Compound Interest and Fees Here
are the answers to HW5. I suggest you not look at this until you
have attempted the problems. 
vi3/4 

vii3/11 
InClass
Quiz Cancelled. We'll
do some review and I'll give you a takehome quiz instead. Sample Quiz with Answers: This models all of the problems in the
actual TakeHome Quiz. 
CoVid19  Switch to Remote Classes New
email address for communicating with me: bardmath@mifami.org My
regular Bard email was getting too cluttered with frantic stuff from frantic
people. I
needed to set up a calmer place for doing education. I'll
try to work out office hours via Skype or GoogleMeet, but at present I
haven't had time to set that up. For
the time being, just email me (bardmath@mifami.org) and
I'll answer questions either in videos or phone calls, or in writing. Relax
with some music: 

viii3/18 
Today, 3/18, is our first
online class. It will not be live, but
recorded and written. First half of class: Here is the video going over
Homework8. HW8video Here are the Answers for HW8. Materials for 2^{nd}
half of this class: Watch this: Intro to SIR [video] MP4 versionIntro to SIR [video] You will need
to be signed into your Bard Google account to view this video. Read this: SIR Part 1 [PDF] The homework assignment [HW9]
is posted below, on 4/1. 
Here is a better still photo of the
blackboard from HW8video HW8 Addendum [video]. The gist of the problem in 3 minutes. 

Spring
Break  Good Timing. Over
break: Listen to the RadioLab linked to on the right and read the Quammen
chapter also linked on the right. I'll send you the password to
the passwordprotected PDFs in an email. 
Read and listen: RadioLabPatient Zero Excellent
episode. Interesting use of sound and music. QuammenMalariaModeling Describes the
history of mathematical modeling (SIR model) 
ix4/1 
Class 9  Due 4/1/2020 You should have listened to the RadioLab
and read the Quammen over break. This homework assignment is a bit heavier
than usual. I'm wanting to make up for
the fact that last week was not really up to snuff. HW9: Download this PDF and fill it in: ExerciseISIR1form.pdf It
was created as a "form," so you should be able to fill in the empty
boxes using a computer or tablet. If
it doesn't work as a form, just print it out, fill it out, and then
scan/photograph it and then send it back to me at this address: bardmath@mifami.org Please try
to keep the files below 1 MB if possible and light your photographs evenly. Watch
this: The revised Introduction
to SIR: Pts1&2 [video] Read
this: Modeling
CoVid19 in SIR Exercise
2: Make
an SIR spreadsheet. [PDF] I don't need proof of this assignment, but
if you have a problem, please email me and we'll try to figure it out. Helper videos: Making SIR,
pt1 and Making
SIR, pt2 Exercise
3: Play with your SIR spreadsheet (or the ones I've made: My
SIR spreadsheets]. Use different inputs and try your hand at modeling the
following situations: 1) A
Zombie Infection  your choice of Total population. 2) The
CoVid19 infection in a Total population of 100 people, and another with 2000
people. 3) A mild
seasonal flu in a population of 500,000. Take screen shots of your initial conditions and the
graph, then write up a paragraph analyzing your scenarios. Send your analysis and screen shots to: bardmath@mifami.org. 
Video: Part
of the Zoom class from 4/1. The
resolution is pretty awful. Unless you
missed class, I don't recommend watching this. Optional: NYTimes story: Worst Case
Scenario: slightly depressing, but appropriate visavis the
assignment. GormanLab
Animals and CoVid19 IOT
The Origins of Infectious Diseases LiaNYT
Which Country Has Flattened the Curve? NYTimesInteresting
Graphics Virus on the Move This is another approach to modeling the
infection. MandavilliNYTCan
You Become Immune to the Coronavirus?  Finally, some news on immunity
for the Recovered population. Related: Quammen on
the history of HIV/AIDS good description of the "Molecular
Clock." 
x4/8 
Class 10: Last Class To Do List: (Have this done for
class.) 1) The
Golden Section and the Pentagram [PDF] This PDF has links to video
material necessary for completing HW10.
It is password protected. Email
me if you don't know the password. 2) Make your own pentagram: HW10a 3) Materials and Homework assignment for Trig Properties and Identities: HW10b 
Notes:
Deriving Trig Identities: Angle
addition/subtraction, doubleangle, halfangle Optional: How to make a Beam Compass for
making good circles: video 

Math Study Room: RKC 101, SundayWednesday, 7:0010:00 pm. This is a peertutor study room and is a
casual place to get mathematical help. This won't be active until about 2 weeks into the semester.
Precalculus Review Notes: Professor Ethan Bloch has created some precalculus
review notes. I recommend using these notes as a reference during this course:
Precalculus Review Notes (in color)
Precalculus Review Notes (in grey)
Podcasts that
might be of interest:
RadioLabFor the Love of
Numbers
U.S. Students Lacking in Object Permanence Skills
Course Description and Resources
BLC190
reviews the material of a standard precalculus course. It is intended for the student who has taken
a precalculus (or similar) course in high school or college and wants or needs
more practice with algebra, trigonometry, logarithms, and exponentials. This course can be taken at the same time as
a math, science or economics course, or in preparation to take such a course in
a subsequent semester. It is frequently taken along with Calculus 1.
This course does
not fulfill the MC (math and computing) distributional requirement.
Please use
my office hours or email me to arrange a meeting. I'm here to help. [bardmath@mifami.org]
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.
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 Homework:
Completeness,
Correctness, and Timeliness
1/3 Quizzes and Exams: There
will be at least 2 exams and quizes whenever the spirit moves me.
This is a
Pass/Fail 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
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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.