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MATH 138 - College Algebra for Business & Social Science

5 CR

Examines graphs, non- trigonometric elementary functions, systems of equations and inequalities, and probability, emphasizing uses in business and social science. MATH 138 and MATH 141  have overlapping content and students are not recommended to take both. MATH 138 is required before taking MATH 148 . Note: Fulfills quantitative or symbolic reasoning course requirement at BC.

Prerequisite(s): Placement by assessment, or MATH 99  with a B- or better.

Course Outcomes
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.

GenEd Outcomes: Creative and Critical Thinking

  • Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
  • Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning

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