Solving Math Problems

December 31, 2010

The following article presents a number of key concepts for successful math problem solving.
From the introduction:
“This paper describes a method for solving math problems.The basic idea is to combine two things:

  • First, a simple method for making handwritten notes while thinking about a problem.This method is aimed at supporting
    – a step-by-step approach to problem solving and
    – reflective thinking: Better understand and control what you do while solving a problem.
  • Second, a densely packed cheat sheet with broad advice on math problem solving. At present, this sheet focuses on general methods for problem solving. Later versions may contain material on specific domains like calculus or algebra.

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Problem Solving With OneNote

December 20, 2010

My enthusiasm for software that supports human thinking and problem solving is unchanged.
After several articles and videos on mind mapping software, here’s a new approach:
Using notebook software (here: OneNote from Microsoft).
OneNote provides a number of features that are very useful for problem solvers:

  • outlining text,
  • very flexible tables,
  • diagrams and
  • freehand notes.

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