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Diablo Valley College - 321 Golf Club Road - Pleasant Hill, CA - 94523 - www.dvc.edu
dan bach the math jock
 
[ Mathematics Instructor | Textbook Author | Podcaster ]
 
 
DVC-related topics: (scroll down for more)
 
My Courses - Spring 2010 - [ Math 120 | Math 292 ]
 
Other DVC Courses I've taught : [ Math 75 | Math 110 | Math 121 | Math 124 | Math 135 | Math 142 | Math 182 | Math 191 | Math 192 | Math 193 ]
 
My office is in the DVC Math Building: MA-114. See specific course outlines for office hours (click course above).
 
Also try visiting:
Dan's Math Podcast
Dan's Prealgebra Textbook
Problem of the Week
Free Online Math Lessons
Dan's Favorite Links
Sample Questions and Answers
Dan's DVC History
DVC College Website

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Dan's DVC History [ top of page ]
 
Dan Bach has been a Mathematics Instructor at Diablo Valley College (DVC) since back in the late 1980s.
He has taught all levels of math from basic arithmetic through algebra, calculus, and differential equations.
You can get lessons in many of these topics on this website!
 
You might also know he has a textbook out, with Patricia Leitner --
Prealgebra, Mathematics for a Variable World, used at DVC and colleges nationwide!
 
Before DVC, Dan had teaching stints at U.C. Berkeley Extension, Black Pine Circle Day School,
the U.C.B. Gifted Program, Mills College, and U.C. Berkeley Freshman Program.
 
 

 
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some recent diablo valley college courses i've taught [ go to top of page ]
 
Math 75 - Arithmetic & Prealgebra - Arithmetic operations, properties of numbers and primes,
variables, linear equations, introduction to graphing. See my textbook page, also my lessons.
Math 110 - Beginning Algebra - Formulas and equations, many application problems. Learn
how to apply skills tofactoring, graphing, and simplifying expressions and solving equations.
Math 120 - Intermediate Algebra - Continuation of Math 110, with an emphasis on the
connections between formulas, equations, factors, and graphs. Lots of application problems.
Math 121 - Trigonometry - Measuring triangles; sine, cosine, tangent functions, graphs.
Vectors, forces, circular motion. Identities, trig equations. Lots more application problems.
Math 124 - Math for Liberal Arts - This is the course that addresses the age-old question:
"What is math good for?" A variety of cool topics, and a transferable course (to CalStateU)
Math 182 - Business Calculus I - No trig, not a lot of theory, just the basics of Calculus,
with plenty of applications in economics, medicine, and business. See my calculus page.
Math 191 - Prealculus - Functions, graphs, with review of Trigonometry. See my lessons.
Math 192 - Calculus I - "Gateway to the scientific world." This calculus series is for math,
physics, engineering, and other "serious sciences." Also try out my calculus page.
Math 193 - Calculus II - "Exploring the scientific world." Go to my calculus page.
Math 292 - Calculus III - "Analyzing the three-dimensional world." vector calculus page.
 
 
Math 75 - Arithmetic and Prealgebra [ go to top of page ]
 
Subjects (Math 75): [ back to Math 75 ]

Show me details on the Bach/Leitner textbook!


Expect to spend about 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 8 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.
 
 
Math 110 - Beginning Algebra [ go to top of page ]
 
Subjects (Math 110): [ back to Math 110 ]
 
Expect to spend about 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 8-10 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.

Math 120 - Intermediate Algebra [ go to top of page ]

[ Subjects | Homework+Quizzes | Tests | Extra Credit ]


 
Subjects (Math 120, Spring 2010): [ pdf of course outline ]
 


Homework Assignments and Quizzes (Math 120): [ back to Math 120 ]

 

Homework #6 / Sec. 6.1 -- 6.7 / Due Wed Apr 21 or Thur Apr 22, 2010

problem numbers might count by 3's or 5's; #3--30 means 3, 6, 9, . . . by 3's; 35--85 means by 5's

6.1 # 3--30, 35--150 (130 opt)6.2 # 3--30, 35--105; 

6.3 # 3--30 , 35--75; 6.4 # 3--51, 55--85;  6.5 # 3--27, 30--55;

6.6 # 3--18, 20--70;  6.7 # 3--21, 25--75. 


Tests (Math 120): [ back to Math 120 ]
We will have FOUR "tests" (60 min) during the semester. Each will cover 2 or 3 chapters
and count 10% of your semester grade. Test dates announced at least a week in advance,
in class and on this site.
 
Test #3 "Midterm" (100 pts as usual)
Wed 4/21 or Thur 4/22 - Covers Chap 1--6.


Please show the question, steps, and answer for each problem!
Staple upper left & label front page upper right with your name, 'Math 120 MW (or TuTh), Bach',
 

Math 121 - Trigonometry [ go to top of page ]

Subjects (Math 121):

* Angles, Degrees, Pythagorean Theorem
* The Six Trig Functions on Circles
* Right Triangles and the Sine and Cosine
* Vectors, Forces, and Applications
* Radian Measure and Circular Arclength
* Area of Sectors, Angular and Linear Velocity
* Identities, Formulas, and Trig Equations
* General Triangle Solving; Law of Sines and Cosines
* Complex Numbers and Polar Coordinates
* Other topics to be included as time allows!
 
Expect to spend at least 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 6 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.

     

 

Math 124 - Math for Liberal Arts [ go to top of page ]  

Subjects (Math 124, Fall 2008): [ pdf of course outline ]

 

Math 135 - College Algebra [ go to top of page ]  

Subjects (Math 135) : [ back to Math 135 ]

 
Expect to spend at least 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 10 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.
 
 
 

Math 142 - Introductory Statistics [ go to top of page ]  

Subjects (Math 142) :
 
Expect to spend at least 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 10 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.
 
 

Math 182 - Business & Management Calculus [ go to top of page ]  

 
Subjects (Math 182) : [ back to Math 182 ]
 
Expect to spend at least 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 6-8 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.
You can include listening to my podcast as a way of augmenting your usual studies.
 

Math 191 - Precalculus [ go to top of page ]

Subjects (Math 191):

* Brief review of algebra basics
* Introduction to Mathematica
* Coordinates, functions, graphs
* Polynomial and rational functions and graphs
* Curve sketching and analysis, computer-assisted graphing
* Solving equations: linear, quadratic, linear systems
* Exponential and logarithmic functions, properties, and graphs
* Review of trigonometry (you must take trig before this class)
* Trigonometric graphs, equations, identities, applications
* Conic sections: parabolas, circles, ellipses, and hyperbolas
* Polar coordinates and intro to 3D graphing
* Additional topics (Binomial Theorem, Induction, Number Theory) as time permits
 
Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 10-15 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes,
going to the math lab, studying with friends, and as king questions at my office hours.

Math 192 - First-semester Calculus [ go to top of page ]  

[ Subjects | Homework | Quizzes + Tests | Extra Credit ]

 

WZGrapher - a free (windows) function grapher at www.walterzorn.com
A versatile color customizable grapher/calculation engine (written in C.)
Great tool for calculus students! (if you have a Mac use Grapher in Applications>Utilities)


Subjects (Math 192): [ pdf of course outline ]

. . . * Brief review of algebra, precalculus, and trigonometry
. . . * Introduction to graphing calculators and Mathematica
. . . * Discussion of functions, limits, and graphs
. . . * Secant and tangent lines, the slope of a curve
. . . * The derivative of a function and its interpretations
. . . * Differentiation rules: sum, product, quotient, chain rules
. . . * Curve sketching and analysis, computer-assisted graphing
. . . * Applications: max-min problems
. . . * Implicit functions and derivatives
. . . * Antiderivatives and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus
. . . * Definite integrals; area under a curve and between curves
. . . * Applications of the integral: (if time allows) : volume, arclength, surface area, work
There will be lots of group work in class and some projects outside of class.
Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 10-15 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes,
going to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.
You can include listening to my podcast as a way of augmenting your usual studies.

 


Homework and Quizzes (Math 192): [ back to Math 192 ]

We will use the WileyPLUS computer-based homework, quizzes and gradebook features
Homework will be 20% of your semester grade and quizzes will be 10% of your grade.
 
Check back at this spot late this weekend for specific WileyPLUS login instructions.
If you are enrolled in the class you can follow directions from the class handout.
I'll provide a link and further instructions later this weekend before Jan 19.
 
From time to time I'll assign paper problems, in class and/or in this very webspot.
Show the question, steps, and answer for each problem. Please staple and label front page upper
right with your name, 'Math 192, Bach', time of class, and include section numbers from book.
 


Tests (Math 192): [ back to Math 192 ]


Extra Credit (Math 192): [ back to Math 192 ]

Math 193 - Second-semester Calculus - Fall 2009 [ go to top of page ]

[ Subjects | SAMPLE PROBLEMS | Slope Fields ]

  Subjects (Math 193): . . . back to math193

* Brief review of first-semester calculus
* Review of u-substitution
* Introduction to Mathematica
* Geometry and Physics Integrals: Volumes, Work
* Integration by parts , using integral tables
* Numerical integration, error analysis
* Improper integrals, the Gamma function
* Infinite series and Power series
* Taylor Series and Function approximation
* Introduction to Differential Equations
* Slope Fields, Solution Curves, Euler's Method
* Polar Coordinates Curves & Areas
* Parametric Equations . . . Conic Sections.
 
 
 
Math 292 - Third-semester Calculus - Spring 2010 [ go to top of page ]
 
Subjects (Math 292): [ pdf of course outline ]
* Review of calculus I and II (2 days max)
* Introduction to Mathematica
* The xyz-coordinate system; points, vectors, lines, planes
* Parametric curves in 2D and 3D; arclength, curvature
* Functions of two variables; surfaces and partial derivatives
* Level curves and gradient vectors
* Double and triple integrals; area, volume, surface area
* Cylindrical and spherical coordinates
* Vector fields, Line Integrals, Green's Theorem, related topics
 
Expect to spend at least 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class!
That's a minimum of 10-15 hours per week for homework, reviewing notes, going
to the math lab, studying with friends, and asking questions at my office hours.
 

 

Homework #1 / Chapter 11 Review, 12.1--12.4 / Due Weds Feb 3, 2010

Chap 11 Review # 5 , 6 , 11 , 12 , 16 , 21 , 26 , 31 , 40 , 45 , 52
Section 12.1 # 1 , 4 ; 5 , 10 , 15 , . . . , 45 (by 5's)
Section 12.2 # 2 ; 5 , 10 , 15 , . . . , 55 (by 5's)
Section 12.3 # 1 , 2 ; 3 , 6 , 9 , . . . , 39 (by 3's)
Section 12.4 # 2 ; 3 , 6 , 9 , . . . , 39 (41 , 42 optional)

Tests (Math 292):

We will have FOUR "tests" (60 min) during the semester.
Each will cover about 1.5 or 2 chapters and count 10% of your semester grade.
Test dates announced at least a week in advance, in class and on this site.

 

Problem of the Week [ go to top of page ]

This is a fun, challenging, ongoing contest! It started on Nov. 21, 1997,
with Problem 1. It's now up to (at least) Problem 278, and in its 11th 'season.'
Send your answers (or best attempts) by e-mail!
Details, old problems, current leaders . . . see the Problem of the Week page.
 

Extra Credit for DVC Students! [ go to top of page ]

The World of Mathematica [ go to top of page ]

Unravel your math problems!

What is Mathematica?


Math 170

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Prealgebra Textbook [ go to top of page ]
I co-wrote a book: PREALGEBRA, Mathematics for a Variable World,
(Daniel Bach and Patricia Leitner, 3rd Edition, 2006, McGraw-Hill). This book bridges the gap
between a background in arithmetic and the abstractions of algebra.
It is quite well-reviewed and widely used, including "Math 75" classes at DVC!

 

 
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