Course Descriptions


M 065 Prealgebra
[formerly M 061 Basic Mathematics]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)
Covers pre-algebra concepts involving terminology, fractions, decimals, percent, ratio and proportion, measurement, geometry, and statistics.  Credits do not apply toward graduation requirements nor fulfill General Education requirements.  However, the credits do count towards enrollment status for financial aid.  (This course will be offered at City College at MSU Billings to those students lacking fundamental math skills.)


Ñ M 090 Introductory Algebra
[formerly MATH 101 Introductory Algebra]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Proficiency in basic mathematics.
Covers introductory algebra concepts involving terminology, exponents, operations on rational numbers, multiplication of polynomials, and basic factoring.  Credits do not apply toward graduation requirements and do not fulfill General Education requirements.  However, the credits do count towards enrollment status for financial aid.


Ñ M 095 Intermediate Algebra
[formerly MATH 105 Algebra for College Students]
4 cr.  (4 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  M 090 or equivalent.
Reviews elementary algebraic concepts and covers more advanced factoring, operations on rational expressions and radical expressions, quadratic equations, the rectangular coordinate system, and exponential and logarithmic functions.  Credits do not apply toward graduation requirements and do not fulfill General Education requirements.  However, the credits do count towards enrollment status for financial aid.


M 098 Introductory & Intermediate Algebra
5 cr. (5 lec/wk) Prerequisites: M 065 or equivalent COMPASS score. (F, Sp, Su)
Covers basic algebra concepts including terminology; operations on rational numbers; solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities in one and two variables; determining equations of lines; polynomial and function operations; operations on exponential and radical expressions; factoring; solving rational, absolute value, radical, and systems of equations; solving and graphing quadratic equations.  This is a modularized course based on mastery learning in which students will earn credit for each module (A, B, C, D, E) by examination.


* M 105 Contemporary Mathematics
[formerly MATH 141 Contemporary Mathematics]
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 095 or three years of high school mathematics. (F, Sp)  Introduces the student to areas of interest in applied and pure mathematics.  Content may vary.


Ñ M 108 Business Mathematics
[formerly MATH 104 Business Mathematics]
3cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  Passing M 065 or appropriate placement test scores. (F, Sp)
Examines the mathematics of business ownership and exposes the mathematical needs of business decisions.  Techniques include marketing, payroll, cash flow, simple and compound interest, credit, promissory notes, insurance financial statements, ratio analysis, depreciation, annuities, and inventory valuation.


M 111 Technical Mathematics
[formerly MATH 103 Essential Mathematics for the Trades]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  M 065 or appropriate placement scores. (F, Sp, Su)
Applies math to problems drawn from diverse occupational fields.  In addition to a review of operations on rational numbers, the topics of measurement, percent, proportion and variation, applications of algebra to the extent of solving quadratic equations, and applications of plane and solid figure geometry are developed for use in a trade or industrial setting.  Course may serve as a prerequisite to M 114, but does not satisfy the prerequisite of any other math courses.  Credits apply to graduation but do not fulfill General Education requirements.



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Ñ M 114 Extended Technical Mathematics
[formerly MATH 122 College Mathematics for Technology]
3 cr.  (3 lec/wk)  Prerequisite:  M 111 or M 095 or appropriate placement score. (F, Sp, Su)
Applies math to problems drawn from diverse occupational fields.  Provides college level study of measurement, algebra, geometry, and trigonometry as needed to solve mathematical applications in a trade or technical work environment.


Ñ M 121 College Algebra
[formerly MATH 106 College Algebra]
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 095 or appropriate placement score. (F, Sp, Su)  Covers the concepts of functions, complex numbers, and solving basic system of equations.  Investigates linear, quadratic, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.


* M 122 College Trigonometry
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 121 or appropriate placement scores. (F, Sp)  Covers trigonometric functions and their inverses, polar coordinates, graphing, vectors, and trigonometric identities.  Includes sequences and series.


* M 131 Mathematics for Elementary Teachers II
[formerly MATH 202 Fundamentals of Mathematics II]
3 cr. Prerequisite: M 130 or consent of instructor. (F, Sp)  Stresses topics in fractions, ratios, and proportional relationships; the number system; expressions and equations; statistics and probability; and functions as defined by the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.


M 139 Graphing Calculator Workshop
[formerly MATH 109 Using the HP-48G]
1cr.  (1 lec/wk)
Introduces the use of the HP-48G (G, G+, or GX) calculator to solve mathematical problems.  Included topics are Reverse Polish Notation, tick mark entry, equation editor, solver, plot, stack & memory management and more.


* M 143 Finite Mathematics
[formerly MATH 121 Finite Mathematics]
4 cr. Prerequisite: M 095 or equivalent. (F, Sp)  Studies applications of systems of linear equations to problems of optimization, elementary functions, logic, and mathematics of finance.  Introduces differentiation.


* M 171 Calculus I
[formerly MATH 112 Calculus I]
4 cr. Prerequisite: M 122. (F, Sp)  Covers differentiation and presents applications to the approximation of functions, root finding, and 1-variable optimization.  Introduces integration.


M 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly CTMA 292 Seminar]
V1-2 cr.
Provides students an opportunity to investigate topics pertinent to the field of technical mathematics or the technology used to study mathematics.


M 294 Seminar/Workshop
[formerly CTMA 293 Workshop]
V1-2 cr.
Provides an opportunity for experimental study in an area of technical mathematics of the technology used to study mathematics.


CTMA 161 Math Computations for Health Occupations
3 cr.  Prerequisite:  Passing M 095 or appropriate placement test score.
Prepares health occupations students for the mathematics required in their profession.  Topics investigated include:  inductive reasoning; logic; mathematical number systems; linear, quadratic, exponential, and logarithmic functions; graphing; probability; statistics; Household, Apothecary and Metric systems and conversions; dosage calculations; and dimensional analysis.  Utilizing these areas, the course emphasizes the skills and knowledge necessary to prepare and administer drugs safely.