Moira  Davis

Faculty, Mathematics

My father’s grandfather, many generations removed, came to this country in 1699.  His successors include men who fought in this country’s Revolutionary War and Civil War as well as in World War II.  His successors also include a woman who was a medical doctor and prisoner during the Civil War, and another woman who earned a college degree in teaching in the 1870’s.  Since then practically every generation in his family has included teachers.

I was born and raised in a small copper-mining town in Montana.  My interest in earth science developed because of the volcanic history, geological nature, and great beauty of that region.  My interest in mathematics developed because of its beauty, its structure, its seeming distance from reality and, in spite of that, its profound ability to describe the real world.  My interest in teaching grew from my family’s educational history and its great respect for and love of learning.

My life as a teacher started right after I graduated from college.  I have taught at the middle school, high school, and university levels, and have taught earth science as well as mathematics.  All of this led to my most recent thirty years, which have been spent here at Mission College and which have provided me with rich teaching as well as learning experiences.


Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Montana State University, 1966

Master of Science in Physical Sciences, Stanford University, 1978ish

Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics Education, Stanford University, 1981

Courses Taught


Math 900  Arithmetic Functions
Math 902  Pre-Algebra
Math 903  Elementary Algebra
Math C  Intermediate Algebra
Math CG  Mathematics for the Associate Degree Student
Math D  Trigonometry
Math G  Math for the Liberal Arts Student
Math 1  Pre-Calculus Algebra
Math 2  Pre-Calculus Algebra and Trigonometry
Math 3A  Analytic Geometry and Calculus I
Math 3B  Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Math 4A  Intermediate Calculus
Math 4B  Differential Equations
Math 12  Calculus for Business and Social Science
Math 14  Mathematics for Elementary School Teachers

Fast Facts

I was born before the first set of dinosaurs roamed the earth.  By the time the second set of dinosaurs came along I was studying algebra.  I spent some time with Archimedes during which I taught him about the volume and surface area of spheres and pyramids.  I gave Isaac Newton the inspiration he needed to invent calculus.  He and I dated for a while.  Ultimately we decided that we were changing at such different rates that we could not really integrate our lifestyles.  Things have been pretty quiet recently.  I like to reminisce about the history of math and learn more about World War II.  I like to watch old movies and spend time with my bunnies and kitty cats.  I also like to curl up with a good book and get a good night’s sleep.

Favorite Quote

 "A day without fractions is like a day without sunshine." ~   Moira Davis



Moira Davis

Moira Davis
phone: 408-855-5324
office: GC-319D

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