Mathematics faculty

Wayne Westenberg, Ed.D.

Associate Professor of Mathematics Education

Ed. D., University of South Dakota
M.A., University of South Dakota
B.A., Northwestern College

712-707-7057
waynew@nwciowa.edu
VPH 128

Profile

Experienced in teaching at the middle school, high school and collegiate levels, Dr. Westenberg specializes in math education. As a former high school math instructor, he teaches the methods courses for Northwestern’s mathematics teaching major, as well as statistics, algebra and calculus classes. He also serves as an assistant coach for Northwestern's volleyball team.


Courses

  • Calculus I

    Calculus I

    (4 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) A study of functions, limits, derivatives and integrals with a strong emphasis on both theory and applications. Prerequisite: C- or higher in MAT109, or an ACT math score of at least 24 (SAT 550 or above), or permission of mathematics department chair.
  • Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences

    Statistics for the Natural and Social Sciences

    (3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) Topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in the sciences: discrete and continuous distributions, estimation and hypothesis testing, p-values, correlation, simple linear regression. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above).
  • Applied Statistics for Management

    Applied Statistics for Management

    (3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) Topics in probability and statistics with an emphasis on problems in business: descriptive measures, distributions, one sample estimation and hypothesis testing, correlation, simple linear regression. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090 or an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above).
  • Calculus II

    Calculus II

    (4 credits) A study of transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integration, sequences, series, polar coordinates and conic sections. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT112 or permission of instructor.
  • Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

    Methods of Teaching Secondary School Mathematics

    (3 credits, alternate years, consult department) Content, techniques and materials for teaching mathematics at the secondary or junior high level. This course requires a 10 hour field experience. Prerequisite: junior or senior class standing.
  • Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

    Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

    (3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) The purpose of this course is to explore a variety of mathematical topics arising in today's technological society. The course will also explore the development of these topics in a historical perspective. Students will develop skills necessary for the independent learning and communication of mathematical ideas. Possible topics include statistical concepts, population patterns, codes, networks, social decision- making strategies, planning and scheduling, linear programming, and logic. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.
  • Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

    Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

    (3 credits) (IGE option under Quantitative Reasoning) A study of those topics necessary and helpful for competent and enthusiastic teaching of mathematics in the elementary school, including some history of mathematics, development of number systems, number bases, sets, logic & reasoning, geometry, data analysis, and probability. Prerequisite: C- or better in MAT090, an ACT math score of 20 or above (SAT 480 or above), or a passing score on MAT090 placement exam.

Memberships

  • Mathematical Association of America