What Are High School Students Learning in Math Class?

Article Summary: "Students will learn moderate to advanced levels of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. They will learn how to work with confidence a Scientific Calculator and a Units Conversion Calculator."

Grades 9-12 are considered to be high school level and during those four years students are going to learn many, many math concepts. Math curriculums will vary from state to state but you can be assured that they will be rigorous. Students will learn moderate to advanced levels of Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, and Calculus. They will learn how to work with confidence a Scientific Calculator and a Units Conversion Calculator.

Much of the math that is taught in high school is cumulative, meaning that new concepts will be built upon what has been learned in earlier grades. In other words, it will be more advanced. Each section must be mastered completely or the next section will not make sense. Mastery of material from previous courses makes success in later courses more likely, so continually review and practice concepts from prior math classes. Students should always do their assignments early enough so that they can get help with the things they do not understand. Learn how to use your calculator effectively and efficiently, especially if exams are timed and you have trouble completing tests in the allotted time. Your instructor should be able to suggest which type of calculator will be most beneficial for your class and then you need to learn how to use important function keys.

Be prepared to know all of the math definitions, symbols, equations, and problem solving steps. You will also become familiarized with flash cards, running concept lists, flow charts, and matrices. One of the biggest problems with math is that most people find it to be very boring so they lack interest. Anything that you have been able to learn easily was learned because you had an interest in it and if you don't have an interest in math, you will find it boring as well. If you're interested in something, it's easy to learn. If you want to make math easy to learn, you have to find some way to make it interesting to you. There are lots of ways to go about this. One is to find some relation between math and something that you're already interested in. It's a good bet that no matter what you like to do, learning about math can let you do it more easily, and can even increase the amount of enjoyment that you get out of it. Another possible answer is that you've been able to learn other things easily because you've been able to instantly form lots of connections to things that you already know.

Not too many teachers are able to make math come alive, yes they can teach it but it is a special gift to be able to deliver it with life and meaning and to be able to capture at least most of your audience. Do you recall the Ten Commandments of Math? This is when you might want to print yourself a copy because those high school math years can be treacherous.


1. Thou shalt read thy problem...carefully.

2. Whatsoever thou doest to one side of thy equation, do ye also to the other.

3. Thou must use thy "common sense."

4. Thou shalt ignore the teachings of false prophets to do all thy work in thy head.

5. When thou knowest not, thou shalt look it up; and if thy search still eludes thee, thou shalt ask thy All-Knowing Teacher.

6. Thou shalt master each step before putting thy heavy foot down on the next.

7. Thy correct answer does not prove that thou hast worked thy problem correctly. This argument convincest none, least of all thy Teacher.

8. Thou shalt first see that thou hast copied thy problem correctly, before bearing false witness that the answer book lieth.

9. Thou shalt look back even unto thy youth and remember thy arithmetic.

10. Thou shalt learn, read, write, speak, and listen correctly in the language of mathematics, and verily A's and B's shall follow thee even unto graduation.