Welcome to the Math Department Page


Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality. Though different traditions may emphasize different aspects, it is only the interplay of these antithetic forces and the struggle for their synthesis that constitute the life, usefulness, and supreme value of mathematical science.
-Richard Courant 


New West Math Department Philosophy

Mathematics is an integral part of the world around us.  At New West we strive for our students to see mathematics as an artistic, logical, and problem solving endeavor.  This approach encourages students to use, interpret, and analyze the mathematical phenomenon present in everyday life and in more specialized career fields such as computer programming, engineering, architecture, actuarial sciences, Graphic Design, and more.  At New West a great importance is placed not only on student mastery of content standards but on the understanding of connections between mathematical concepts and disciplines.

Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices

The Common Core “Standards for Mathematical Practice” provide the NWC mathematics department a broad set of goals for what students across grade levels should be able to do in each math class. These Practices describe what it means to really “do” mathematics and are extensively reflected in teacher assessment and curriculum material.

 MP 1 Understand and Persevere 

I can make sense of problems and not give up when trying to solve them
 MP 2 Logic and Reasoning

I can use words, numbers, logic, and reasoning skills to help me solve problems

 MP 3 Justify and Critique 

I can justify my strategy and evaluate I the ideas of others make sense

 MP 4 Model with Mathematics 

I can clearly show my work using diagrams, words, symbols, and pictures

 MP 5 Strategically Use Tools 

I can select and use the appropriate tools to help me solve the problem

 MP 6 Attend to Precision 

I can review my calculations and strategies to see if they are correct

 MP 7 Utilize Structure 

I can use the structure of a problem to help me find the answer

 MP 8 Utilize Patterns 

I can find and use mathematical patterns to help me solve a problem


New West Math Department Goals

1.  Illustrate connections between concepts using a variety of methods

2.  Develop and engage in rigorous problem solving that connects concepts to realistic and meaningful scenarios

3.  Enhancing teaching and learning through an increased use of technology