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Essential Steps of Problem Solving in Mathematical Sciences

Learning how to solve problems in mathematics is simply to know what to look for.


Mathematics problems often require established procedures. To become a problem solver, one must know What, When and How to apply them. To identify procedures, you have to be familiar with the different problem situations. You must also be good in gathering information, extracting strategies and use them. But exercise is must for problem solving. Problem solving needs practice!! The more you practice, the better you become. Sometimes it may happen that you knew the formula for a problem, but as you haven’t tried it earlier — you failed to solve it by a minor margin. On the same topic, George Polya published “How to Solve It” in 1957. Many of his ideas that worked then, do still continue to work for us. The central ideas of Polya’s books were to identify the clues and to learn when & how to use them into solution strategies.
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