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# GreenT_M1A2.Discussion - Assignment 2 Mathematical Problem...

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Assignment 2: Mathematical Problem Solving The goal of any mathematics course is to introduce you to a variety of methods used to solve real-world problems. In this way, you are able to practice solving problems and, along the way, improve your critical thinking skills. It may seem that solving a mathematical problem involves nothing more than knowing the right formula and following the correct steps. However, that is only part of the process. Solving problems is more of an art than a science which means that human intuition and imagination play an extremely important role in the process. Through these human abilities, we link experience to knowledge and skills resulting in a synergy that leads to a solution. In 1945, mathematician George Polya (1887-1985) published a book titled How To Solve It in which he demonstrated his approach to solving problems. Here are his principles of problem solving: Polya’s First Principle: Understand the Problem To solve a problem, you have to understand the problem.

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• Spring '15
• ElenaKauffman
• How to Solve It, George Pólya, Ski Instructor

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