MATH 138 College Algebra for Business & Social Science • 5 Cr.


Examines graphs, non-trigonometric elementary functions, systems of e quations and inequalities, and probability, emphasizing uses in business and social science. Either MATH& 141 or MATH 138 may be taken for credit, not both. MATH 138 is required before taking MATH& 148. Fulfills quantitative or symbolic reasoning course requirement at BC. Prerequisite: Placement by assessment, or MATH 099 with a B- or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • After successful completion of Math 138, the student will be able to 1) Compose, and add, subtract, multiply, and divide functions represented as graphs, tables, and formulas. 2) Analyze and apply linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. 3) Setup, solve, and analyze significant applied problems selected from systems of linear equations, or finance mathematics, or linear programming. 4) Apply tools and techniques of introductory probability and statistics selected from the following list: sets, Venn diagrams, tree diagrams, the multiplication principle, permutations, combinations, measures of central tendency, measures of variation, histograms, and boxplots.