Wayne Westenberg Associate Professor of Mathematics Education


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

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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.

MAT105 - Topics in Contemporary Mathematics

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.(3 credits)

MAT107 - Mathematics for Elementary Teachers

A study of those topics necessary and helpful for competent and enthusiasticteaching of mathematics in the elementary school, including some history ofmathematics, development of number systems, number bases, sets, logic and reasoning$limited to education majors and does not count toward a math major or mathminor. Prerequisite: grade of C- or better in MAT 090, ACT math score of atleast 20 (SAT math 480), or a passing score on the MAT 090 placement exam.

MAT112 - Calculus I

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. (4 credits)

MAT117 - Applied Statistics for Management

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). (3 credits)

MAT308 - 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 courserequires a30-hour practicum and is required of each candidate seeking anendorsement in this content area. Notes: Does not count toward a major or minor in mathematics. Students must earn a "C" or better in the special methods course in orderto fulfill program requirements for secondary licensure. Prerequisite: Junior or senior class standing.

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