BLC190 – Algebra, Trigonometry, and Functions


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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.




BLC190 Class schedule: Wednesdays 5–7 pm in RKC 102


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


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


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)



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Other Materials


Wed 9/5

Algebra Review

Worksheet 1

Homework 1

A Symbol of Equality


Wed 9/12

Functions, Graphs, and Equations of Lines

Worksheet 2

Homework 2


Extra Credit 2


Wed 9/19

Exponents and some review.

Worksheet 3

Homework 3

with Quiz Description.

Homework 2-Solutions


Extra Credit Answer



Wed 9/26

Quiz 1- first half of class. 

Quiz will cover Homeworks 1 and 2.


Exponents and Logs- second half of class

(Part 1)

I'm discontinuing the worksheets and putting most of the material in the Homework pages.

Worksheet 4

Homework 4

Homework 3- Solutions

Quiz 1 - Solutions


Logarithm Handout-dry



Wed 10/3

Exponents and Logarithms

Exponential Growth and Decay

(Part 2)

Worksheet 5

Homework 5

Homework 4 Solutions


Wed 10/10

Next Week: Quiz on Logs and Exponents


Class-time: Triangle and Circle Trignometry

Worksheet 6

Homework 6


Homework 5 Solutions


How I Feel about Logarithms

Short video/animation


Unit Circle



Wed 10/17

Quiz 2: Covering Homeworks 3-6: Exponents, Logs, & Trig.


Class:  More Trig.

Worksheet 7


Practice Quizzes (and Solutions)

Homework 7- with Solution

Sample Quiz 2

The answers are on p4.  I might have made a mistake. It happens. If you find a mistake, please contact me and I'll fix it.


Wed 10/24

Word Problems

Worksheet 8

Homework 5

Homework 8

Class 8 Handout- revised


Homework 8 - Solutions


Wed 10/31


Worksheet 9

Homework 6

Homework 9

Worksheet 9


Wed 11/7

Final Exam

Practice Final (and Solutions)

Practice Exam- blank


Practice Exam with Answers in red


If you find any mistakes, please let me know so that I can fix it before too many students run into it.








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.


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. 


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.


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 and Worksheets: Every week we will have homework.  Neatness matters.

25% Quizzes: We will have at least 2 quizzes.

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.

Odds and Ends - under construction.  Disregard.

Practice Quizzes (and Solutions)


Practice Quizzes (and Solutions)