Northwest Vista Math Trail to blaze through McNay

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Illustration by Estefania B. Alonso

Students solve math problems through the lens of art.

By Matthew Reyna 

Northwest Vista College’s math and art departments will host the Northwest Vista Math Trail at 10 a.m. April 17 at the McNay Art Museum.

NVC students must register by Friday to participate in the free event.

The Math Trail is available only to NVC students because it is funded directly by the campus Student Activities Fund.

The math department has arranged a variety of math-related tasks for students to complete at the museum.

“There will be teams of four solving faculty-created problems,” said Mary Zocchi, math adjunct and event organizer.

Tasks listed on the event website include a comparison of folk and fine art, an assessment of appraisal values, a study of volume and surface area, experiments within color theory, and an investigation into the “natural beauty” of the golden ratio.

The golden ratio is a rare concept studied in both the math and art worlds.

“Our students will apply math in real-world situations — this time in an art setting,” Zocchi said.

Zocchi described the McNay as the perfect location for the event.

“They are wonderful to work with and a museum that Alamo Colleges students have free admission to,” Zocchi said.

“It is close by and gives students free access to the McNay art collection,” said art coordinator and event co-organizer Jimena Marin.

The turnout is expected to be around 40 students, Zocchi said.

This project is a collaboration between the campus’s math and art departments.

It represents the first time the departments have worked together on this event, Marin said.

The event will include a free lunch, goody bag and prizes.

Zocchi said Jason’s Deli would most likely provide the meal.

“Food is important,” Zocchi said. “We want to keep our students motivated.”

For more information, call Zocchi at 210-486-4328 or visit


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