Which Grade 12 Math Course Should You Take?

Choosing the right high school math courses will set you up to achieve your goals after graduation. The Ontario curriculum requires you to complete three credits in Mathematics to acquire your Ontario Secondary School Diploma. You must complete at least one of these credits in Grade 11 or 12. This article will go over the different options you have for math courses in Grade 12 so you can choose the best class for your needs and goals.


Which Math Course To Choose?

Students have five options for Grade 12 math courses. This article will explore each of these choices so that you can make an informed decision about the right class for you. The math course you choose will depend on what you want to pursue in University or in College. Even if you started taking classes in the Applied program earlier in high school, you can still move into the Academic pathway should your chosen post-secondary program require those courses.


MEL4E: Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life

The Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life course helps students gain an understanding of mathematics used in the workplace and daily life. Subjects covered include probability, statistics, household budgets, and income tax returns. Students will learn how to use proportions, apply geometry, estimate, and measure.

This course works well for students seeking workplace preparation from their math course. In order to take this course in Grade 12, students need to first complete the Grade 11 Mathematics for Work and Everyday Life course.


MAP4C: Foundations for College Mathematics

The Foundations for College Mathematics course allows students to further develop their understanding of real-world applications. Students taking the MAP4C course learn to analyze data using statistical methods, solve geometry and trigonometry problems, solve financial problems related to accommodations, annuities, and budgets, simplify expressions, and solve equations.

This course will prepare students for certain skilled trades as well as college programs in areas related to business, health sciences, or human services. Before taking MAP4C, students must complete either Foundations for College Mathematics (College Preparation) or Functions and Applications (University/College Preparation) in Grade 11.


MCT4C: Mathematics for College Technology

The Mathematics for College Technology course allows students to further expand their knowledge of functions. In MCT4C, students investigate and apply properties of exponential, polynomial, and trigonometric functions while continuing to represent functions and develop their facility with simplifying expressions and solving equations. Students also solve problems addressing applications of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and vectors.

Successful completion of this course prepares students for various college technology programs. Students taking MCT4C must first complete Functions and Applications (University/College Preparation) or Functions (University Preparation) in Grade 11.


MDM4U: Mathematics of Data Management

The Mathematics of Data Management course focuses on broadening students’ understanding of managing information through mathematics. Students in MDM4U apply methods for organizing information, solve problems using counting techniques, probability, and statistics, and complete a culminating project.

The course hones students’ skills in mathematical processes needed to succeed in senior mathematics, making MDM4U an appropriate course for students who plan to pursue university programs in business, social sciences, and humanities. Students planning to take MDM4U should first complete either Functions (University Preparation) or Functions and Applications (University/College Preparation) in Grade 11.


MHF4U: Advanced Functions

The Advanced Functions course builds on students’ experience by further investigating properties of logarithmic, polynomial, rational, and trigonometric functions. Students taking MHF4U also further develop their understanding of rates of change while fostering their ability to apply these skills and concepts.

This Grade 12 university course enables students to consolidate their mathematical understanding before proceeding to various university programs. Students taking Calculus and Vectors as a university program prerequisite must also take MHF4U. Students must take either Functions (University Preparation) in Grade 11 or Mathematics for College Technology (College Preparation) in Grade 12 as a prerequisite to MHF4U.


MCV4U: Calculus and Vectors

The Calculus and Vectors course continues to build on students’ experience with and knowledge of functions and rates of change, broadening their understanding of the latter to include derivatives of various types of functions. Students taking MCV4U develop and apply skills for solving problems that involve algebraic and geometric representations of vectors as well as representations of lines and planes. Students also learn to model real-world relationships using the concepts and skills they learn in the course.

This course is suited to students intending to study mathematics at university, particularly students interested in pursuing careers in fields like engineering and physics. Students must take MHF4U (Advanced Functions) prior to or at the same time as MCV4U.


Where Can You Take These Classes Online?

Mathematics course choices available in Grade 12 include preparation courses for advanced study in university as well as courses that offer practical applications for everyday life. You can take these classes online with Blyth Academy and they will be credited toward your graduation requirements. Attend our info sessions to learn more.

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