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.