Exploration plays a central role in the acquisition of strong, flexible reasoning abilities. Mathematicians explore ideas, make conjectures, describe patterns, construct rigorous arguments, verify results, and communicate their findings both orally and in writing. The goal of the Ellis mathematics department is to develop these skills in our students. Reading and writing mathematics is also an integral part of doing mathematics. In solving problems, students learn that a lucid explanation is as important as a brilliant insight.
Our intention is for students to appreciate the place of mathematics in our understanding of the world. Contextual problems allow students to see the power of mathematics in wide-ranging applications. But we also see mathematics as worth doing in its own right. It is a beautiful mode of thought and an unparalleled way to stretch our minds. Doing mathematics empowers girls in every area of life.