BLC190 – Spring 2019

Algebra, Trigonometry, and Functions

 

Professor: Daniel Newsome

      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.

     

      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, Sunday-Thursday, 7:00-10:00 pm.  This is a peer-tutor 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:

Precalculus Review Notes (in color)

Precalculus Review Notes (in grey)

 


Syllabus

I'm revising all of the worksheets and homework as I go, so always...

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Last Up-Dated: 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.

Wind Chill

2

2/6

Algebra Review

HW-2

 

n.a.

2/13

SNOW DAY

SNOW DAY

SNOW DAY

3

2/20

Exponents

HW-3

Properties of Exponents

4

2/27

Exponents and Logarithms

 

HW-4

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

HW-5

Derivation of Newton's Law of Cooling using the calculus.

 

John Oliver on Compound Interest and Fees

6

3/12

HW-6

 

7

3/19

Functions, Graphs, Linear Equations

 

 

8

3/26

Triangles and Circles

 

 

9

4/2

Trig. Basics

HW-9-ExamPreview

 

10

4/9

Exam

 

 

 

 

 

 


Podcasts that might be of interest:

 

IOT-Pythagoras

 

IOT-Muslim Spain

 

IOT-Pi-

 

IOT-Early Islamic Maths

 

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 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 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 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 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.

 

 

 




 

Old BLC-190    - 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

Worksheet 1

Homework 1

A Symbol of Equality

2

Functions, Graphs, and Equations of Lines

Worksheet 2

Homework 2

 

Extra Credit 2

3

Exponents and some review.

Worksheet 3

Homework 3

with Quiz Description.

Homework 2-Solutions

 

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.

Worksheet 4

Homework 4

Homework 3- Solutions

Quiz 1 - Solutions

 

Logarithm Handout-dry

 

5

Exponents and Logarithms

Exponential Growth and Decay

(Part 2)

Worksheet 5

Homework 5

Homework 4 Solutions

6

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

 

7

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.

8

Word Problems

Worksheet 8

Homework 5

Homework 8

Class 8 Handout- revised

 

Homework 8 - Solutions

9

Review

Worksheet 9

Homework 6

Homework 9

Worksheet 9

10

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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