Do I need to take Academic-level Math?
After Grade 9 Mathematics (MTH1W), most students will have the option to take either MPM2D (Academic) or MFM2P (Applied) Mathematics. Both pathways can eventually lead to all University-level courses, however the Applied stream would take one additional credit to get there. It is recommended that if the student finds difficulty in MTH1W, they are able to take MFM2P, continue building on foundational skills, then take MPM2D. Teachers are excellent resources in helping decide which course would benefit students most at that moment in time.
You should always have the END in mind. What grade 12 math course(s) will be required when you apply to your college or university program? We know that;
- You likely don’t know now, what you’ll want to study then.
- You probably “don’t want to shut any doors” in grade 9
Starting in the Applied program won’t close any doors and you’ll still be able to pursue your desired post-secondary program.
Most students find that they do not need and, therefore, do not take the two highest courses in grade 12 math (MHF4U and MCV4U). Generally, you’ll need this level of math if you are going to study a math-related post-secondary program like engineering, science, computer-science, etc at the university level. This means that you will only need MCR3U if you plan to take those two courses. (If you move to the Grade 10 Applied stream, you can still get there! You are NOT shutting any doors.)
Some social-science programs will require the other grade 12 “U” math (MDM4U – Data Management) for the statistics; but you can reach that course from both the Academic and the Applied Stream also.
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