Problem Solving

Problem Solving (Homework and Tests)

Tips on Problem Solving

"Word" Problems are Really "Applied" Problems

The term "word problem" has only negative connotations.  It's better to think of them as "applied problems."  These problems should be the most interesting ones to solve.  Sometimes the "applied" problems don't appear very realistic, but that's usually because the corresponding real applied problems are too hard or complicated to solve at your current level.  But at least you get an idea of how the math you are learning can help solve actual real-world problems.

Solving an Applied Problem

For Further Reading:
George Polya, "How to Solve It," Princeton University Press, Princeton (1945)

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science.  "Success in Mathematics."  Saint Louis University <online 6/11/1997>.

 
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