BLC190 – Spring 2019
Algebra, Trigonometry, and
Functions
Professor: Daniel Newsome Office: The Learning Commons, Stone Row basement [map] Office Hours: Tuesday, 10:0010:30 and 4:005:00 Thursday 10:00–10:30 ...or by appointment.
Email: dnewsome@bard.edu Webpage: http://www.mifami.org BLC190 Class schedule: Tuesdays, 5–7 pm, in Olin 310 Calculator: Any basic scientific calculator. Math Study Room: Heg 308, SundayThursday, 7:0010:00 pm. This is a peertutor study room and is a casual place to get mathematical help. Precalculus Review Notes: Professor Ethan Bloch has created some precalculus review notes. I recommend using these notes as a reference during this course: 

Syllabus
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Last UpDated: 4/1/19 1:08 PM
All Homework and "Other Materials" are listed on this table
when they are due, not when I assign them.
Class Number 
Due Date 
Topic 
Homework 
Other Materials 
1 
1/30 
Introduction and Wind Chill 
n.a. 

2 
2/6 
Algebra Review 


n.a. 
2/13 
SNOW DAY 
SNOW DAY 
SNOW DAY 
3 
2/20 
Exponents 

4 
2/27 
Exponents and Logarithms 
Due 2/27 because of snow day on 2/13. 
How I Feel about Logarithms Short video/animation 
5 
3/6 
Exponents and Logarithms: Water Cooling Experiment and Theory Growth and Decay Compound Interest, Carbon Dating, Cooling Equation 
Derivation of Newton's Law of Cooling using the calculus. 

6 
3/12 


7 
3/19 
Functions, Graphs, Linear Equations 


8 
3/26 
Triangles and Circles 


9 
4/2 
Trig. Basics 


10 
4/9 
Exam 






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. [dnewsome@bard.edu]
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, SundayWednesday, 7:0010:00 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 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/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 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.
Old
BLC190  Fall 2018
This is only
posted so that students can see the general idea.
For actual
assignments, see the table above.
Class Number 
Topic 
Worksheets 
Homework 
Other Materials 
1 
Introduction 
n.a. 
n.a. 
n.a. 
2 
Algebra Review 



2 
Functions, Graphs, and Equations of Lines 



3 
Exponents and some review. 
Worksheet 3 
with Quiz Description. 
Homework 2Solutions Extra Credit Answer 
4 
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. 
Homework 3 Solutions Quiz 1  Solutions Logarithm Handoutdry 

5 
Exponents and Logarithms Exponential Growth and Decay (Part 2) 
Homework 4 Solutions 

6 
Next Week: Quiz on Logs and Exponents Classtime: Triangle and Circle Trignometry 
Homework 5 Solutions Short video/animation Unit Circle 

7 
Quiz 2: Covering Homeworks 36: Exponents, Logs, & Trig. Class: More
Trig. 

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. 

8 
Word Problems 
Class 8 Handout revised Homework 8  Solutions 

9 
Review 
Worksheet 9 

10 
Final Exam 

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. 





