03 Problem Solving - 3 Problem Solving Motivation This brief section is indented to be a guide to effective problem solving in the general area of

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Problem Solving - 1 3 - Problem Solving Motivation This brief section is indented to be a guide to effective problem solving in the general area of computer programming. The methods presented are largely adapted from the classic text of George Polya entitled How to Solve It (Princeton University Press, 1957). This is a rather short and inexpensive book that you should read a least once in your life. More specific to the content of this course (for the more CS minded students), you can also look at the excellent treatise by Abelson and Sussman: Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, 2nd Edition (McGraw- Hill, 1996). While the chapter below is specifically tailored to the purposes of this course, you might find it generally useful in attacking a wide variety of engineering problems. Habits The hallmark of all good engineers is a set of good habits. Habits take time and concerted effort to develop. However, once developed, they are generally easy to maintain. Keen attention to developing good habits early in one's career is the easiest route to success. Once bad habits take root they are often difficult to eliminate; thus, it is important to start now in developing good habits and eliminating the bad ones that you may have already acquired. Polya’s 4 steps The essence of Polya's thesis is that to effectively solve a problem one must go through 4 steps. 1.
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This note was uploaded on 02/12/2011 for the course E 7 taught by Professor Patzek during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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03 Problem Solving - 3 Problem Solving Motivation This brief section is indented to be a guide to effective problem solving in the general area of

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