Montana Tech of The University of Montana

M 121
College Algebra
Fall 2021


Description: Covers standard topics of college algebra including linear and quadratic functions, polynomial and rational functions, exponential and logarithmic functions.

Prerequisites: Pre-requisite: M 095 or required test score. In addition, I expect you have the following skills before entering the classroom: Solving linear equations, Graphing points and equations, understanding of the slope of a line, Slope-intercept form of a line, Interval Notation, how to compute square roots and nth roots, Area and perimeter formulas for rectangles, triangle, and circles.

Instructor: Brent Donoven
Office: Museum 102
Office hours: MF 1:00-2:00, W 11:00-11:50, or by appointment
Classes: Monday 10:00 - 10:50am Lecture S&E 113
Wednesday 10:00 - 10:50am Lecture S&E 113
Friday 10:00 - 10:50am Lecture S&E 113

Resources: Textbook College Algebra, Seventh Edition, by Stewart, Redlin, and Watson. ISBN: 9780357381250
Consult resources tab for book access instructions
Class Website
Moodle (for grades and assignment submission) Moodle

Evaluation: attendended class > 80% Test 1 20%
Test 2 20%
Test 3 20%
Test 4 20%
Test Average or Final 20%
Staff discretion (participation and extra-credit) ±?%

Evaluation: attendended class < 80% Test 1 20%
Test 2 20%
Test 3 20%
Test 4 20%
Final 20%
Staff discretion (participation and extra-credit) ±?%

Letter Grades:
A 90.00-92.99 93.00-100.00
B 80.00-82.99 83.00-86.99 87.00-89.99
C 70.00-72.99 73.00-76.99 77.00-79.99
D 60.00-62.99 63.00-66.99 67.00-69.99
F 0.00-59.99

Late Policy: Exams must be taken at the scheduled date and time.
If you are unable to take the exam at the scheduled time, for a very valid reason, contact me in advance and we will work it out.

See the assignments page for the late policy regarding assignments.

NOTE: Assignment due dates are listed on the assignments page.

Cheating will not be tolerated and can result in failure of the course. Exams are to be strictly your own effort. No electronic devices are allowed in written exams.


Any student who may need an accommodation due to a disability, please make an appointment to see me during my office hours. A letter from a Montana Tech Disability Coordinator authorizing your accommodations is needed.

I prefer that the class is interactive, so if you have questions or comments, please interrupt. If you have a question, chances are very good that others have the same question. And if I don't explain a concept clearly, stop me and I'll try again.

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Page last updated: January 10, 2022