Math
Welcome to the Math Department at MHS!
Our department is dedicated to providing highquality math education to all of our students. We believe math is an essential subject that is not only useful in everyday life, but also a gateway to a variety of academic and professional opportunities.
We offer a wide range of math courses to meet the needs and interests of our diverse student population. Our team of experienced and passionate math teachers are committed to ensure that each student receives individual attention and support they need to succeed in math and beyond.
Thank you for choosing to be part of our math department. We look forward to a successful and rewarding academic year together!
Academic Departments
Course Sequence
SUGGESTED SEQUENCE ACCORDING TO DIFFICULTY: 

Core Algebra 1 
Honors Geometry 
Trigonometry 
Algebra 1 
Core Algebra 2 
Statistics 
Core Geometry 
Algebra 2 
Precalculus 
Geometry 
Math Literacy 
AP Statistics 
Junior Algebra 
Honors Algebra 2 
AP Calculus 
Senior Algebra 
Algebra 3 
Subject 
Sem 1 Course No. 
Sem 2 Course No. 
Year 
Prerequisites, Recommendation and Related Information 
Core Algebra 1 
MA029 
MA030 
9 
Counselor recommendation 
Algebra 1 
MA025 
MA026 
9 
None 
Core Geometry 
MA119 
MA120 
10 
Core Algebra 1 
Geometry 
MA121 
MA122 
910 
Algebra 
Junior Algebra 
MA033 
MA034 
11 
Counselor recommendation 
Senior Algebra 
MA035 
MA036 
12 
Counselor recommendation 
Honors Geometry 
MA017 
MA018 
910 
A or B in Algebra 1 and/or recommendation of Algebra 1 teacher 
Core Algebra 2 
MA125 
MA126 
11 
Core Algebra 1 
Algebra 2 
MA109 
MA110 
1012 
Algebra 1 
Math Literacy 
MA141 
MA142 
12 
3 years of high school math credit and meets state guidelines 
Honors Algebra 2 
MA111 
MA112 
1012 
A or B in Algebra 1 and Geometry and/or recommendation of teacher 
Algebra 3 
MA114 
1112 
Algebra 2 and Geometry  Grade C or higher recommended 

Trigonometry 
MA137 
1112 
Algebra 2 and Geometry  Grade C or higher recommended 

Statistics 
MA139 
MA140 
12 
Algebra 2 or B in Core Algebra 2 
Precalculus 
MA131 
MA132 
1112 
A or B in Geometry and Honors Algebra 2 or grade A in Algebra 2 and recommendation of teacher 
AP Statistics 
MA159 
MA160 
1112 
Honors Algebra 2 or B grade or better in Algebra 2 
AP Calculus 
MA133 
MA134 
12 
A or B in Precalculus and/or recommendation of teacher 
*CNC Tech Math 
MA161 
MA162 
12 
Students enrolled in CNC Advanced Manufacturing 
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Course Descriptions
CORE ALGEBRA 1  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course consists of general Algebraic topics, focusing on selected freshmenlevel skill sets. Various types of equations are solved, graphed and applied. Exponential, rational and radical expressions are simplified and evaluated. THE STUDENT: Students who enter high school not yet prepared for Algebra 1 (according to their MAP and Explore test scores and teacher evaluation) should take this course. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST#02053A000)
ALGEBRA 1  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: Algebra 1 is a general study of the properties of the real numbers. Much of the course is devoted to statements of equality and inequality and their resulting solution sets. Various types of equations are solved, graphed, and applied. Exponential, rational and radical expressions are simplified and evaluated. Graphs are used to help analyze the solution sets. Linear and quadratic equations receive special attention. This course is included in the freshman data team. THE STUDENT: Students who plan to pursue a post high school career or vocational training or plan on a college education will find algebra a necessity. The student would have knowledge of the basic operations and mathematical concepts and standards taught under the Common Core State Standards for grade 8. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST# 02052A000)
CORE GEOMETRY  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course consists of general geometric topics, focusing on selected sophomore level skill sets. Points, lines, angles, and planes are conceptualized. Percent, ratio, perimeter, and area are among the skills realized. This course is included in the sophomore data team. THE STUDENT: Students not fully prepared for Geometry should take this course. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST#02071A000)
GEOMETRY  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on the coordinate plane that is organized into 6 critical areas. Transformations on the coordinate plane provide opportunities for the formal study of congruence and similarity. The study of similarity leads to an understanding of right triangle trigonometry and connects to quadratics through Pythagorean relationships. The study of circles uses similarity and congruence to develop basic theorems relating circles and lines. The need for extending the set of rational numbers arises and real and complex numbers are introduced so that all quadratic equations can be solved. Quadratic expressions, equations, and functions are developed; comparing their characteristics and behavior to those of linear and exponential relationships from Coordinate Algebra. Circles return with their quadratic algebraic representations on the coordinate plane. The link between probability and data is explored through conditional probability. The Mathematical Practice Standards apply throughout each course and, together with the content standards, prescribe that students experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST# 02072A000)
JUNIOR ALGEBRA  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course examines a variety of mathematical topics ranging from PreAlgebra to Trigonometry. The course will focus on the State Math Goals 6 through 10: Algebra, Geometry, Probability, Number Sense, and Data Analysis. THE STUDENT: This course is intended to expose juniors to the Illinois Learning Standards. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST# 02074A000)
SENIOR ALGEBRA  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course is designed for a student to use basic mathematical operations emphasizing algebra and geometry applications encountered in industry. This class is an independent studytype format. THE STUDENT: This course is directed toward seniors who have expressed an interest in pursuing an industrial or trade and technical career. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST# 02002A000)
HONORS GEOMETRY  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: All topics covered in Geometry are completed in more depth. THE STUDENT: Students preparing for a mathematics related career will profit most from this course which is designed for the high ability mathematics student. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST# 02073A000)
CORE ALGEBRA 2  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: The major ideas introduced in Core Algebra 1 are reviewed and expanded, focusing on selected juniorlevel skill sets. The course includes the use of rational exponents and expressions, quadratic functions, factoring, and some of the basic theorems of Algebra 1. This course is included in the junior data team. THE STUDENT: Students planning to pursue postsecondary education may enroll in this course. It is strongly recommended that a student complete Core Geometry before enrolling in Core Algebra 2. Students will need a scientific calculator. (ST#02055A000)
ALGEBRA 2  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: The major ideas introduced in Algebra 1 are reviewed and expanded. The course includes the use of rational exponents, logarithms, conic sections, permutations, combinations and some of the basic theorems of algebra. THE STUDENT: College bound students should enroll in this course. It is strongly recommended that a student complete Geometry before enrolling in Algebra 2. Students will need a scientific calculator, but are encouraged to have a graphing calculator. (ST# 02056A000)
MATH LITERACY  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: Math course framework designed to prepare and transition students directly into college and career pathways requiring general education college level math competencies in quantitative literacy and statistics. The competencies within each domain should include but are not limited to: numeracy, (operation sense, estimation, measurement, quantitative reasoning, basic statistics, and mathematical summaries), application based algebraic topics, and functions and modeling. Upon completion students should be able to: demonstrate proficiency and understanding in basic numeracy competencies in whole numbers, integers, fractions, and decimals, use estimation and explain/justify estimates, apply quantitative reasoning to solve problems involving quantities or rates, use mathematical summaries of data such as mean, median, and mode, use and apply algebraic reasoning as one of multiple problemsolving tools, and use functions and modeling processes. Course to be delivered through authentic application, problembased instruction designed to build mathematical conceptual understanding and critical thinking skills. THE STUDENT: Seniors who have earned 3 years of math credit required for graduation and qualify according to the state guidelines, who are planning to pursue postsecondary education should enroll in this course. Students are required to have a scientific calculator and are encouraged to have a graphing calculator. (ST#02153A001)
HONORS ALGEBRA 2  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: All topics covered in Algebra 2 are completed at a faster pace and in more depth. THE STUDENT: Students preparing for a mathematics related career will profit most from this course. The course is designed for high ability mathematics students. Students will need a graphing calculator. (ST# 02106A000)
ALGEBRA 3  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: The course reexamines the topics of Algebra 2 in greater depth, particularly in the areas of basic functions, conic sections, inequalities, permutations and combinations. THE STUDENT: This course is designed primarily for the student who is not mathematically ready for Precalculus but wants a stronger background in Algebra 2. Any student who has passed Precalculus must have a teacher recommendation to take Algebra 3. Students will need a scientific calculator, but are encouraged to have a graphing calculator. (ST# 02057A000)
TRIGONOMETRY  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: Trigonometry is a study of the relationships between distance and angles in the rectangular coordinate plane with emphasis on circular functions. Trigonometry introduces six basic rations and explores the relationships between them. Polar coordinates and complex numbers are also introduced. THE STUDENT: This course is designed for the student who is not mathematically ready for Precalculus but wants a background in Trigonometry. Any student who has passed Precalculus must have a teacher recommendation to take Trigonometry. Students will need a scientific calculator, but are encouraged to have a graphing calculator. (ST# 02103A000)
STATISTICS  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course deals with the basic principles and procedures of statistics including levels of measurement, graphic presentation, descriptive measures of central tendency and dispersion, inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance and regression. THE STUDENT: This course is designed for the collegebound student. Students will need a graphing calculator. (ST# 02201A000)
AP CALCULUS  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: AP Calculus is an advanced placement rigorous college level course in differential and integral calculus with emphasis on theory and application. This course includes most of the topics presented in a twosemester college course and includes the material covered on the Advanced Placement AB Calculus examination. THE STUDENT: Students who have mastered precalculus mathematics should consider this course. Calculus is a demanding course and will require outofclass concentration. Students will need a graphing calculator. (ST# 02124A000)
PRECALCULUS  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: Algebraic and transcendental functions are examined using algebraic and graphical approaches. Algebraic properties will be applied in the coordinate plane using the geometric relationships of distance and measurement. Attention will be given to algebraic proof and the structure of mathematics. THE STUDENT: This course is essential for students who plan to study calculus, either in high school or in college. Students will need a graphing calculator. (ST# 02110A000)
AP STATISTICS  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: AP Statistics is an advanced placement course in basic principles and procedures including levels of measurement, graphic presentation, descriptive measures of central tendency and dispersion, inferential statistics and hypothesis testing, and analysis of variance and regression. The course includes the use of computer software and the interpretation of statistical data and includes most of the topics presented in a onesemester college course. Students will complete projects, proving their acquisition of knowledge and understanding. The course includes the material covered on the Advanced Placement Statistics examination. THE STUDENT: Students who have mastered mathematical concepts should consider this course. Statistics is a demanding course and will require outofclass concentration. Students will need a graphing calculator, preferably a TI84. (ST02203A000)
CNC TECH MATH  GENERAL COURSE DESCRIPTION: This senior level math course focuses on the technical application of algebra and trigonometry. A required course for the CNC Machining Program at MHS and the AAS Engineering Tech students at BHC, this course teaches students to effectively implement algebraic and trigonometric principles in the manufacturing industry. Student learning will focus on algebraic operations, functions and graphs, trigonometric functions and applications, linear equations, quadratics, vector analysis with oblique triangles, and special products. This course is dual credit with Black Hawk College and is taught in conjunction with the CNC teacher in the CNC machining lab and is only open to students enrolled in CNC Advanced manufacturing. (ST#02304A04)