mth 121 chapter 1.1 lecture notes

mth 121 chapter 1.1 lecture notes - A B C C 2 + 1 = 3...

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MTH 121—Chapter 1.2 Three More Strategies Problem-Solving Strategies Solve a Simpler Problem Make a List Look for a Pattern The  Solve a Simpler Problem  strategy is often used in conjunction with  Make a List  and  Look for a Pattern  strategies.  Solving a simpler problem reduces the size of the problem, making  it easier to handle.   Patterns emerge once a list of the results is created.  These patterns suggest a  solution to the entire problem. Example: Eight people meet at a party.  They all exchange handshakes.  How many handshakes  are exchanged? Solve a Simpler Problem :   Three  people shake hands.
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Unformatted text preview: A B C C 2 + 1 = 3 handshakes Make a List n = Number of People Handshakes 3 3=2+1 Four people shake hands. A B C D C B D 3 + 2 + 1 = 6 handshakes n = Number of People Handshakes 3 3=2+1 4 6=3+2+1 Five people shake hands. A B C D E C D D D E E 4 + 3 + 2 + 1 = 10 handshakes n = Number of People Handshakes 3 3=2+1 4 6=3+2+1 5 10=4+3+2+1 Can you see a pattern that would help you count the number of handshakes for a party with eight people?...
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This note was uploaded on 10/11/2011 for the course MTH 121 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '11 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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