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Unformatted text preview: rigor without mortis You need both rigor and intuition to solve problems you haven't seen a template for. In this course I'll present openended problems, and recommend the following steps for getting started on them: Understand the problem: Know what's given, what's required. Restate the problem in your own words, perhaps draw some diagrams. Plan solution(s): If you've seen something similar, you may be able to use its result or its method . Work backwards: assume you've solved the problem and think about the nexttolast step. Try solving simpler, smaller versions of the problem. Have more than one plan before you attack the problem (!). Carry out your plan: Does it lead somewhere? If not, repeat earlier steps. Articulate exactly why and how you're stuck (if you are). Review: Look back to savour breakthroughs and think about roadblocks. Verify your solution as much as possible. Convince a skeptical peer that you have a solution. Extend your solution to new problems. . ....
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course COMPUTER S CSC 165 taught by Professor Dannyheap during the Fall '10 term at University of Toronto Toronto.
 Fall '10
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